Trainer Tara Laing has kept the gallant stayer Crown Of Gold beautifully on song for three seasons and the son of Silvano wrapped up a rare hat-trick when scoring his third successive win in the R150 000 Listed Glenlair Trophy at Fairview on Friday.
Formerly trained by top staying conditioner Joey Ramsden and now an eleven-time winner, the well related 7yo capitalised on less than vintage opposition, whom he simply steamrollered out of the game with a great show of stamina over the 3200m.
As expected, Richard Fourie took the initiative to lead on Oh So Modus and he slowed it down to a controllable pace ahead of Crown Of Gold and Lucky Gambler.
These were the three that were to contest the finish as Crown Of Gold moved up effortlessly at the 300m and took over from a hard ridden Oh So Modus.
Craig Zackey punched the vastly superior Crown Of Gold out and he is really riding with great confidence.
Crown Of Gold held the plucky Oh So Modus to 2,25 lengths in a time of 210,71 secs.
Lucky Gambler was a further 1,25 lengths back in third.
The last horse finished over 19 lengths off the winner.
Bred by Midlands Equine, the R225 000 National Yearling Sale graduate Crown Of Gold has plenty of mileage on the clock. He has won 11 races with 17 places from 44 starts and R924 910 in stakes.
He is by Silvano out of the Australian bred Palace Music mare, Palace Bride. She has produced stakes winning progeny from 1200m to 3600m.
The family includes stakes winners of the ilk of Silver Mist (Western Winter), Shades Of Indigo (Indigo Magic) and the lesser light, Ze Kaiser.
Trainer Alan Greeff and Ms Laing enjoyed a great day and saddled eight of the ten winners, with five and three winners apiece.