Bishop’s Bounty springs a sur­prise

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - RACING - AN­DREW HARRISON

WHEN it comes to the Cape sum­mer sea­son, you ig­nore any run­ners from the Justin Snaith sta­ble at your peril – even when they are seem­ingly friend­less in the mar­ket.

Cur­rently lead­ing the na­tional trainer’s log with 87 win­ners and R2 mil­lion ahead of his near­est ri­val Sean Tarry, Snaith added two im­por­tant races to his cur­rent CV when 14-1 shot Sir Frenchie fin­ished best of all to land the Fairview Wines Sopho­more Sprint in the face of some stiff op­po­si­tion and added fur­ther salt to pun­ters wounds with 40-1 chance Bishop’s Bounty get­ting home ahead of an­other out­sider, Tevez in the Gr2 Khaya Sta­bles Di­a­dem Stakes.

Dutch Philip

Dutch Philip went off favourite in the Di­a­dem but a three-year-old has not won this race since 2006 and he was never seen in the race with a chance.

Trainer Candice BassRobin­son ad­mit­ted ear­lier in the week that the Di­a­dem was al­ways go­ing to be a dif­fi­cult race given the strength of the op­po­si­tion and the record of three-year-olds in the race how­ever Dutch Philip does have the small mat­ter of the CTS $500 000 on his agenda on Sun Met day so all is not lost.

Grant van Niek­erk is the lat­est Snaith re­cruit in the Western Cape jockey’s mer­rygo-round and has been do­ing the yard proud, win­ning the Gr1 Pad­dock Stakes last week­end and do­ing the dou­ble yes­ter­day, both well-timed rides from off the pace.

Sergeant Hady cut a lonely fig­ure in his at­tempt to stretch the Di­a­dem field but the red light was flash­ing on the dash for Bernard Fayd’herbe ap­proach­ing the fi­nal fur­long as first Tevez, sec­ond last year, and then Bishop’s Bounty reeled him in; Bishop’s Bounty run­ning on the stronger and win­ning with some­thing in hand.

Mu­jaafy fin­ished a cred­itable fourth while Trip To Heaven, who didn’t blow the start for once, run­ning at them late.

Sand And Sea

Sand And Sea was a luke­warm favourite for the Sopho­more Sprint but was un­der pres­sure early and didn’t go on with his ef­fort.

He is an im­pos­ing son of Twice Over and it will come as no sur­prise if the vet is called in sooner rather than later.

Van Niek­erk had Sir Frenchie well back in the run­ning early on as Bold Re­spect cut the early frac­tions be­fore slip­ping Sir Frenchie up the in­side rail with a per­fectly timed fin­ish to snaf­fle Bold Re­spect close home with Wol­jayrine third.

Sand And Sea bat­tled on for fourth place but never threat­ened.

Pic­ture: Liesl King

Grant van Niek­erk pro­duced rank out­sider BISHOP’S BOUNTY with a per­fectly timed run to land the Gr2 Khaya Sta­bles Di­a­dem Stakes at Ke­nil­worth yes­ter­day for Justin Snaith. The pair also teamed up with Sir French to win the Listed Fairview Wines Sopho­more Sprint.

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