Peter wins again

Turffontein meet­ing switched to Stand­side

Sowetan - - Horse Racing - By Rac­ing Ed­i­tor

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.

Paul Peter

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