Snaith’s Gold Shines

Silvano mare is too strong in East Coast Cup

Justin Snaith kept the SA Champions Season fires burning with his third feature success of the compressed big season on the East Coast when the accomplished Silvano mare Miyabi Gold delivered the goods in style, winning the R85 000 Listed East Coast Cup at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday.

Starting at odds on, Miyabi Gold returned from a twenty week break and unplaced effort in the Paddock Stakes on Sun Met day, when bounding to a popular victory under Anton Marcus.

Anton Marcus earns an easy commission on Miyabi Gold (Pic – Candiese Lenferna)

With Richard Fourie only arriving in KZN in early July, Marcus has landed a plum job for the month of June with the hardknocking Cape outfit, and he made no mistakes as he produced the mare halfway up the straight.

Turning on the jets in the partnership of the newsmaking Nic Jonsson and the sadly recently passed Robin Hamilton, Miyabi Gold (6-10), who had finished a very respectable 2,10 length fifth behind Do It Again in the 2019 Vodacom Durban July, strode clear to beat the late staying on Perfect Air (13-2) by 2,70 lengths in a time of 126,26 secs.

The Woodhill Racing team has been in red hot form and their 30-1 longshot Coral Bay was hardly disgraced from her 13 draw in third.

A winner of the Scarlet Lady last term, Miyabi Gold has won 6 races with 5 places from 18 starts for stakes of R890 625.

Bred by Daytona Stud, Miyabi Gold is a daughter of champion sire Silvano (Lomitas) and is out of the four-time winner Mkushi Gold (Western Winter).

She is a half sister to 2015 Consolation July winner Ultimate Dollar (Jet Master) who also ran out of the Snaith yard in the same flag.

A Vodacom Durban July entry, trainer Justin Snaith said he would talk to the owner before deciding on Miyabi Gold’s next step.

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