Her­moso Mundo turns his­tory gold

The Star Early Edition - - RACING - DAVID THISELTON

RECORDS were smashed when Her­moso Mundo won the eLan Gold Cup over 3 200m at Greyville yes­ter­day as he be­came the first horse to com­plete the “Gold” tre­ble and Weiho and We­i­chong Mar­wing may well have be­come the first trainer-jockey brother com­bi­na­tion to win the big race.

The crowd were treated to the colour­ful “woer, woer masjien” vic­tory war­cry of part-owner Sean Sin­gle­ton, while part-owner Neil Patrick Smith, who had trav­elled all the way from Ger­many, was over­come with emo­tion and the other own­ers NC Smith, GD Cahn, G Mor­ris and W Volschenk also joined in the cel­e­bra­tions.

A cool ride

The long-strid­ing Mau­ritz­fontein Stud-bred four-year-old geld­ing by Ideal World won the Grade 3 Gold Bowl over 3 200m at Turf­fontein on May 6, the Grade 3 Gold Vase over 3 000m on VDJ day and com­pleted the his­toric tre­ble yes­ter­day un­der a cool ride.

Mar­wing had him tucked away in the run­ning within strik­ing dis­tance and af­ter a tus­sle in the clos­ing stages with the five-year-old mare Zante, he stretched his neck out to win by neck.

The Mar­wing-trained Let It Rain fin­ished third ahead of For­tis­sima and Tote favourite Ki­naan. The race was marred by tragedy as Royal Badge broke down just be­fore they reached the Drill Hall. Ear­lier the Den­nis Drier Dy­nasty filly Lady In Black won the Grade 1 Thek­wini Stakes over 1 600m un­der Sean Veale, de­spite noth­ing go­ing right for her in the run­ning.

She beat Rockin Rus­sian by half-a-length to re­main un­beaten.

Eyes Wide Open

Glen Kotzen won the Grade 1 Pre­mier’s Cham­pion Stakes over 1 600m with Dy­nasty colt Eyes Wide Open, who gave Richard Fourie a Fes­ti­val Grade 1 dou­ble.

Kotzen, who had four win­ners yes­ter­day and five in to­tal at the Fes­ti­val, had ear­lier won the Grade 3 Sun­life Vi­ta­mins Debu­tante over 1 200m with Cap­tain Al filly Princess Peach, also un­der Fourie.

Brett Craw­ford com­pleted a fine Fes­ti­val week­end by win­ning the Grade 3 Avon­tuur Umkhomazi Stakes over 1 200m with Great Bri­tain colt Al Mari­achi rid­den by Corne Orf­fer.

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