Meryl The Tiger!

Double for the good mare

Winning Form’s Charles Ndlovu maintained his new season high with a well taken double at Fairview on Friday that included another polished effort to get the talented Meryl home to win the R110 000 Walmer Handicap.

The non black-type feature counts for little on Meryl’s burgeoning CV but the race was a watershed maiden Fairview polytrack victory for the talented Tiger Ridge mare who has gone from strength to strength in three East Cape outings.

After her scintillating last gasp victory in the Listed Jockey Club Stakes last time, Meryl was easy to back at an average of around 3-1 off topweight of 62kgs .

Relaxed early after a rough early passage in the nine-horse field, she powered home with authority to collect the R68 750 first cheque and beat the free-striding Flying Squadron by a length in a time of 109,39 secs.

Seeking Wisdom was a length back in third with Sao Paulo in fourth.

The winner’s stablemate and favourite Ontenderhooks never kicked and finished sixth and 2,35 lengths back.

The race rounded off a nice double for Ndlovu who rode Elusive Kat (11-1) to victory for Jacques Strydom in the previous race.

Bred by SA Champion breeders Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein, Meryl is a daughter of Tiger Ridge (Storm Cat) out of the four-time winning Rose Lipped Maiden (Fort Wood).

Meryl, a R450 000 National Yearling Sale graduate, has won 5 races with 4 places from 15 starts for stakes of R504 350.

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