The former Dean Kannemeyer trained Jet Master gelding Macchiato led his opposition a merry dance to win the R90 000 Listed Breeders Champions Cup at Borrowdale on Sunday under a terrific ride by Randall Simons.
The expensive yearling purchase never reached the heady heights forecast for him in South Africa, but found the Zimbabwe conditions to his liking to win a courageous race from gun to wire.
Having his third start North of the Limpopo, Macchiato came out firing and at one stage led his field by close on 20 lengths in the 2200m race.
Into the home straight, it looked like Macchiato was staggering as he gradually came back to his field, with Captain’s Tiger and Madigan making their forward moves.
But despite the heavy breathing down his tired back, Macchiato was given a breather by Simons, before finding a second wind to hold on and beat Captain’s Tiger by 2 lengths in a time of 142,25 secs.
He is trained by Lisa Harris and Gauteng jockey Randall Simons deserves all the credit for the win.
This was Macchiato’s fourth career win from 32 starts and he started at a generous 20 to 1
Macchiato’s shock win saw 730 Pick six tickets into the bin with only 8 live tickets left.
Macchiato was bred by Mr and Mrs John Slade and is by Jet Master out of the Plum Bold mare, Mabola Plum. He races in the Ingrid and Markus Jooste silks and cost in the region of R2 million as a yearling.