Peter wins again
Turffontein meeting switched to Standside
If there’s a trainer you should follow at the moment, it’s Paul Peter.
He saddled two winners on the Turffontein Standside track on Saturday.
Both runners are improving nicely and should be followed in future, the first being Claret Cup who returned to form in emphatic style by clinching a 0.25-length victory in Race 7, a FM 76 Handicap over 1160m. Elusive Strike (Muzi Yeni) led the pack early with the 17-10 tote favourite Best Kept Secret (Callan Murray) placed in second place.
Approaching the 500m it became clear that the Mike De Kock-trained Best Kept Secret was beginning to buckle under the pressure, and she faded rapidly.
The last 300m saw a three-way fight for the
finish line involving Last Girl Standing (S’manga Khumalo), Polly Wolly Doodle (Gunter Wrogemann) and Claret Cup.
Polly Wolly Doodle put up a great fight, but following a 114-day rest had to settle for third place, beaten 1.25-lengths.
The ultra-consistent Last Girl Standing tried hard and was only beaten 0.25-lengths by Peter’s charge who paid a mouth-watering R15 a win! The 3-1 fancy Sabina’s Dynasty remained unbeaten for Peter when she lined up in Race 2, a FM 80 Divided Handicap over 1600.
She's always looked like a smart filly, but just couldn't crack a victory in Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.
Before to her maiden victory in a work riders contest on the Turffontein Inside track, she finished second in four consecutive outings in Cape Town.
She was one from last out of the gates under Muzi Yeni, three-lengths behind leaders Smokey Affair (Callan Murray) and Sister Of Mercy (Piere Strydom).
Sabina’s Dynasty was impressively catching up to runners with each and every stride, and when Yeni asked her to go she shattered opposition, winning by 4.25-lengths.
Wherever she runs next, she's worth a bet.
The meeting was scheduled for the Inside track but after the running of the first race concerns were raised by jockeys over a patch at the 1100m mark.
After an inspection it was felt it would be unsafe to race through this patch.
It was decided to move the meeting to the Standside track but a similar patch at about the 2000m mark saw the distance of the last race reduced to 1950m from 2000m.
Races 7 and 8 were also reduced, to 1160m from 1200m.
Racing is at Flamingo Park today and the Cliffie Miller-trained Phil’s Power could pose as the best bet on the card in Race 3, a MR 62 Handicap over 1200m.
She has a wide draw to overcome, but lacks nothing in the skills department. She was a 7.25-length victor last time and is in pursuit of a third consecutive win.