Veale The Hero As Ferrie Gets The Mercy

What a finish!

On a day that honoured his long-time boss Dennis Drier, Summerveld trainer Stuart Ferrie saddled his maiden stakes success when the Vercingetorix 3yo Gladatorian repelled the challenge of the year older African Skyline to win a grandstand finish to the R150 000 Listed In Full Flight Handicap at Hollywoodbets Scottsville on Sunday.

In a wide opening first leg of the Pick 6, Sean Veale, despite injuring his toe at the jump, got the Ferrie-trained gelding up to win a cracker. He paid R36-30 for a tote win.

Sean Veale gets the best out of Gladatorian (Pic – Candiese Lenferna)

After the long time pacesetter Hooves Of Troy fell away, Gladatorian (25-1) and African Skyline (25-2) came together, with the former getting the verdict by the proverbial whisker in a time of 62,79 secs.

Having his first start for Dean Kannemeyer, the injury plagued Gr1 winner Tempting Fate (7-1) ran a cracker for third. The favourite Mercantour ran on for fifth.

The quartet paid a few thousand short of R100 000.

Bred by Erasmus Thoroughbreds, the winner is a R400 000 National Yearling Sale graduate and is a 27th stakes winner for exciting Maine Chance sire Vercingetorix (Silvano) out of the six-time winning Dynasty mare, Harvard Crimson.

Vercingetorix claimed his second feature race winner of the weekend here a day after his unbeaten daughter Mrs Geriatrix won the Gr2 World Sports Betting SA Fillies Nursery at Turffontein.

Now a winner of 3 races with 3 places from 8 starts, Gladatorian took his earnings to R312 938.

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