Ice And Fire For Botha Team

Non Black-Type Newlands Stakes

Milnerton trainer Piet Botha enjoyed a welcome change of luck as his Dare To Dream Syndicate celebrated a feature victory at a windless sun-soaked Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Saturday.

The victory came courtesy of the Millstream Farm-bred Tyrion Lannister who led most of the way to win the R200 000 non black-type Newlands Stakes.

JP van der Merwe rides a well judged race to get Tyrion Lannister home ahead of the obscured Fibonacci (Orffer) with Zil Moris [Fourie, red cap) in third (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

It’s been something of a luckless run for the World Sports Betting-sponsored former jockey, who lost a race in the boardroom at the same venue a week earlier.

But this time high-riding Richard Fourie had to settle for third as JP van der Merwe made it a double on the day, and crowned a worthwhile wasting effort to get down to the 51,5kgs allotted to Tyrion Lannister.

After showing up smartly in a strong all ages contest last time, Tyrion Lannister was easy to back at 11-2 as all the support came for Lindbergh.

After JP van der Merwe had let his mount lope along out front, it looked to be another Fourie masterclass as the favourite’s stablemate Zil Moris (3-1) ranged up on his outside at the 250m marker, with Lindbergh stopping along the rail.

The impressive Tyrion Lannister was fit and well though, and he dug deep to hold a late challenge from the low-flying Fibonacci (10-1), who looks overdue a third win.

The winning time for the 1400m was 87,33 secs, with Tyrion Lannister achieving his second success by a 0,75 length winning margin.

Zil Moris was a length away in third, with War Chariot (25-2) rounding the quartet.

A R190 000 Cape Yearling Sale graduate, Tyrion Lannister made it 2 wins with 4 places from his 12 starts for stakes of R268 351.

Bred by Millstream Farm, the winner is a son of Royal Mo (Uncle Mo) out of the one-time winning Querari mare Fresh.

Van der Merwe rode a cracker in the second race, when he got the handsome African Prince home to beat the free-striding Rama Forcesa. African Prince was having his second start and races for Cape Racing Chairman Greg Bortz, Gina Goldsmith and Bjorn Nielsen.

Drakenstein stallion One World maintained his first season purple patch when his son World Of Pleasure was a runaway winner for the Steyn family of the opener, as he showed appreciation for the 1400m. Bernard Fayd’herbe rode a typically unflustered race.

World Of Pleasure looks promising – it will be interesting to see if he stays at home for the Langerman or travels to the East Coast for the SA Champions Season in the Vaughan Marshall raiding party.

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