Pitcher Pours On Pressure

Jonsson Workwear Gr2 Dingaans

Just 24 hours after giving birth to her and husband Josh Peter’s first son, Turffontein trainer Robyn Klaasen produced the peak victory of her short career when Purple Pitcher flew late to nab Gimmeanotherchance in the final stride to win the R650 000 Jonsson Workwear Gr2 Dingaans.

Purple Pitcher (Kabelo Matsunyane) nabs Gimmeanotherchance (Craig Zackey) in the final stride (Pic – JC Photos)

On a day of a spectrum of mixed emotions for the Peter family, the Bush Hill Stud bred Purple Pitcher made it five on the trot and registered his maiden stakes strike in gung ho fashion with an electrifying late dash under Kabelo Matsunyane.

With the long time pacesetter Gimmeanotherchance (11-2) rolling along powerfully, as the odds-on favourite Sandringham Summit (5-10) battled to make up ground from last,  Purple Pitcher (25-2) produced a finely timed late burst to win in a time of 97,57 secs.

The son of New Predator’s momentum was deceptive, with his winning margin a quarter length, and the winning rider not being certain that he had actually gotten up to win!

Sandringham Summit lobbed along in last and took forever to get going. He was beaten 2 lengths into third.

The best performed son of the deceased New Predator (New Approach), the winner is out of the one-time winning Count Dubois mare, Heliantha.

A winner of 5 races – he has not been beaten since winning his maiden in August- with 2 places from 9 starts, Purple Pitcher took his stakes earnings to R268 750.

He was purchased for R170 000 off the BSA National 2yo Sale last year and now looks a realistic SA Triple Crown contender.

So a day that promised so much just weeks ago, as we debated a possible showdown between top 3yo’s Main Defender and Sandringham Summit, saw the one ignominiously withdrawn, and the other beaten fair and square. Racing is not for the fairytale chasing faint of heart!

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