Is It A Bird…?

No, it's high-flying Armando!

The Brett Crawford Racing Team crowned a memorable feature weekend when the What A Winter colt Armando proved too strong for his rivals and bounded clear to maintain his unbeaten record in the R150 000 Listed Somerset 1200 at Kenilwoth on Sunday.

With a Gr2 win at Greyville on Friday evening and a big Gr1 score by the speed merchant Pacific Trader at Turffontein on Saturday, Armando completed the run and only won a listed race – but caught the eye in the process.

Armando grows wings! Corne Orffer drives the What A Winter colt out to a smart win (Pic – Chase Liebenberg Photography)

Owned by Hong Kong interests, Armando started a hot order at 9-10 and duly confirmed his impressive Durbanville debut win last month with a facile win – albeit by just a length.

Jockey Corne Orffer said that the winner had plenty of improvement to come.

Brett Crawford, who had a busy weekend saddling winners out of a suitcase, thanked the owner and Tony Millard for the privilege of training a horse who could be headed East in time to come.

A R650 000 National Yearling Sale buy, Armando has won 2 from 2 and took his stakes earnings to R143 750.

Bred by Lammerskraal, the winner is a son of Equus champion What A Winter (Western Winter) out of the Yes It’s True mare, Big Mona.

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