Snaith in front again

The Star Early Edition - - RACING - DAVID THISELTON

JUSTIN Snaith fin­ished sec­ond on the na­tional trainer’s log for the sec­ond year in suc­ces­sion in the sea­son just passed and will be crowned West­ern Cape Cham­pion trainer for the fifth time in suc­ces­sion.

Snaith, who was na­tional cham­pion trainer in 2013/2014, also fin­ished high­est in the stand­ings for stakes earned in the West­ern Cape and this was the third time he had achieved this feat.

How­ever, the big race lime­light among West­ern Cape train­ers was stolen by Brett Craw­ford, who won six Grade 1 races and fin­ished third on the Na­tional Train­ers log.

In the Au­gust of 2009 Craw­ford left Plat­tner Rac­ing to go on his own and in his first full sea­son there­after, in the 2010/2011 sea­son, he fin­ished 58th on the Na­tional log.

His prow­ess as a trainer is high­lighted by his rapid climb to the top of the tree.

Fourth place

Candice Bass-Robin­son fin­ished in fourth place on the Na­tional Train­ers log in her first sea­son as a li­censed trainer fol­low­ing the re­tire­ment of her leg­endary father Mike.

She also be­came the first lady trainer in his­tory to win the coun­try’s pre­mier race, the Vo­da­com Dur­ban July.

Vaughan Mar­shall, Glen Kotzen and Joey Rams­den were the other three West­ern Cape train­ers to fin­ish in the top ten in the Na­tional Train­ers Cham­pi­onships.

Snaith be­came the third trainer in SA his­tory, af­ter Mike de Kock and Sean Tarry, to break through the R20 mil­lion mark for stakes earn­ings in a sea­son.

His star per­former was the bril­liant grey filly Bela-Bela, who won two Grade 1 events, the Maine Chance Farms Pad­dock Stakes over 1 800m at Ke­nil­worth and the Jon­s­son Work­wear Gar­den Prov­ince Stakes at Greyville.

In The lat­ter race she proved a mile was her best trip and pro­duced the fe­male per­for­mance of the sea­son, an­ni­hi­lat­ing a top class field.

She also fin­ished third in the Grade 1 Ris­ing Sun Gold Chal­lenge over 1 600m and fourth in her swansong in the Grade 1 Cham­pi­ons Cup over 1 800m.

Snaith, who has a satel­lite yard in Port Elizabeth in ad­di­tion to his chief op­er­a­tion, a pri­vate es­tab­lish­ment at Phillippi in Cape Town, also won three Grade 2s, seven Grade 3s, nine Listed races and five Non-Black Type events.

Craw­ford was R1,619,750 be­hind Snaith on the na­tional log but in earn­ings in West­ern Cape races was only R369,963 be­hind him.

He was only one be­hind na­tional cham­pion trainer Sean Tarry in the Grade 1 count, but he led the way to­gether with Mike de Kock in the num­ber of in­di­vid­ual Grade 1 win­ners with five.

He won the Grade 1 Met, spon­sored now by Sun, for the third time in his ca­reer and this time it was with Whisky Baron.

The lat­ter was gelded at the end of last sea­son and won all five of his races this term, which also in­cluded a Grade 2.

He de­parted for an over­seas cam­paign af­ter the Met.

Craw­ford’s only dual Grade 1 win­ner was Edict Of Nantes, who won the In­vestec Cape Derby and the Daily News 2000. His other Grade 1 win­ners were Cap­tain Amer­ica (Ris­ing Sun Gold Chal­lenge), Lady Of The House (Woolav­ing­ton 2000) and Sail South (Cham­pi­ons Cup). Craw­ford also won three Grade 2s, three Grade 3s, three Listed races and both of his Non-Black Type vic­to­ries were in R1 mil­lion events.

Bass Robin­son won the July with Marinaresco and this classy and coura­geous lit­tle horse also won the Grade 2 IOS Drill Hall Stakes over 1 400m.

Bass-Robin­son also won the Grade 1 Klaw­ervlei Ma­jorca Stakes with Nightingale, who went on to fin­ish tie-fourth in the July.

She won two other Grade 2s, two Grade 3s and eight Listed races. One of her sea­son’s high­lights was win­ning the Non-Black Type $500,000 CTS Sprint with the classy sprint­ing filly Live Life.

Vaughan Mar­shall fin­ished sev­enth on the Na­tional Train­ers log with stakes earn­ings of over R10 mil­lion.

He was trainer of the high­est earn­ing horse of the sea­son, the bril­liant three-year-old Wil­liam Longsword, whose five vic­to­ries in­cluded the Grade 1 Grand Pa­rade Cape Guineas and the Non-Black Type US$500,000 CTS Mile.

Wil­liam Longsword ac­cu­mu­lated R4.065,000 in the sea­son and was re­tired mid-sea­son as a six-time win­ner in or­der to suc­ceed his late great father Cap­tain Al at stud.

Mar­shall also won two Grade 3s and two Listed races and one other Non-Black Type event.

Glen Kotzen, who fin­ished ninth on the Na­tional log, ended the sea­son with a bang by land­ing the Grade 1 Pre­mier’s Cham­pi­ons Stakes over 1 600m at Greyville with the ex­cit­ing colt Eyes Wide Open.

He scored a four-timer that day and this in­cluded a Grade 3.

Gold Stan­dard

How­ever, his best horse was un­doubt­edly the three-year-old Gold Stan­dard, who won the Listed RA Stakes in PE and the Grade 2 Se­lan­gor Cup, be­fore fin­ish­ing a nar­row sec­ond in the Cape Guineas, which was dom­i­nated by him­self and Wil­liam Longsword.

Gold Stan­dard then fin­ished a fine fourth in an ul­tra-strong Sun Met.

Un­for­tu­nately, he was laid off for the rest of the sea­son. Kotzen had two other Grade 3 wins, one other Listed race vic­tory and one other Non-Black Type win.

Joey Rams­den fin­ished in tenth place on the na­tional log.

His best horse was the three-year-old filly Just Sen­sual, who won the Grade 1 WSB Cape Fil­lies Guineas, the Grade 3 Prix du Cap and the Grade 2 Ti­bouch­ina.

She also fin­ished sec­ond in the Grade 1 SA Fil­lies Sprint. Rams­den won one other Grade 3 and five Listed races.

Dean Kan­nemeyer, who also had a satel­lite yard at Sum­merveld, fin­ished 19th on the na­tional log and won one Grade 3 , two Listed races and one NonBlack Type event.

An­dre Nel fin­ished in twen­ti­eth po­si­tion on the na­tional log in his first full sea­son as Sabine Plat­tner’s pri­vate trainer. He won one Grade 3 race. Mike Robin­son and Adam Mar­cus both won one Grade 3 race each.

Other West­ern Cape trainer achieve­ments in­cluded a Listed vic­tory for Eric Sands.

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