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Punters pay school fees as Bursary adds to painful day

Anthony Andrews guides Bursary to a good win over Sparkling Saphir (Coastal Photos)

Anthony Andrews guides Bursary to a good win over Sparkling Saphir (Coastal Photos)

The Lundy’s Liability filly Bursary burst through late with a flying finish to win the R150 000 Listed Jockey Club Stakes run over the polytrack 2000m at Fairview on Friday. The unlikely win put the cherry on the top of a forgettable day for punters that started when Phumelela switched surfaces to save the meeting.

A Bipot carryover and a mind boggling R524 000 Place Accumulator dividend just about summed up a very tough day at the office for punters and tipsters with very little happening according to the form book.

The benefit of the polytrack was once again shown to good effect as the meeting was salvaged with the switch and while the draw is definitely a factor up to a mile, the victory of Dorrie Sham’s Go Deputy gelding from a 16 draw in the second race, a 1200m Maiden Plate, proved that if the horse has the ability, wide draws are not insurmountable.

Fourteen fillies and mares lined up in the feature and the money came for Justin Snaith’s Silvano mare, Petara, who was having her first outing in the region.

But she failed to adapt to the conditions, and after Yvette Bremner’s Foam Party had charged off to lead at a crazy pace under apprentice Stallon Naidoo, Anthony Andrews produced Jacques Strydom’s Bursary with a sustained run down the outside.

In under sufferance at the weight terms, the 4yo started at 25 to 1 and grabbed some black type at only her second career victory.

Bursary ran on strongly to win by 0,25 lengths in a time of 128,22 secs.

Sparkling Saphir, who looked a winner 100m out, stayed on nicely for second, ahead of the fast-finishing former KZN runner, Sounds Of Tigers.

Young Anthony Andrews was to go on and ride the longshot Ado Annie to win the very next race in a R410 tote double. It was a promising start to the new season for a jockey who only won three races last season.

Trained by Jacques Strydom, Bursary was bred by Terry Andrews (the winning jockey’s father) and is by Lundy’s Liability out of the Fanatic Dane mare Scholarship, who never won.

She has won 2 races with 9 places from her 20 starts and R196 800 in stakes earnings.

Charles Ndhlovu and Grant Van Niekerk were the other jockeys on the day to register doubles, while Alan Greef (both winners ridden by Ndhlovu) was the most successful trainer.

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