Just re­ward for Har­vard Crim­son

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - SPORT - RAC­ING ED­I­TOR

TRAINER Justin Snaith dom­i­nated the Jockey Club Stakes over 2 000m at Fairview yes­ter­day when run­ners from his sta­ble ran first, sec­ond and fourth. Har­vard Crim­son (8-1) won the Listed event, beat­ing Nima (4-1) by 2,75 lengths with Qing (8-1) in fourth. Crack­pot (8-1) from the Gavin Smith yard fin­ished third, five lengths be­hind Nima.

Har­vard Crim­son was in a fight­ing mood and won with loads of fuel left in the tank and made up for the dis­ap­point­ment of last year’s race when she went down a short head to Acrostar.

Nima, who was strongly fan­cied, tried to close the gap in the closing stages but Har­vard Crim­son was just too good on the day.

Lo­cal star and 5-2 favourite Beatabout­the­bush was not at her best and fin­ished a dis­ap­point­ing sixth, 12,25 lengths be­hind the win­ner.

Har­vard Crim­son’s win­ning time of 127,32 sec­onds was way be­low the course record of 122,17 sec­onds set by In A Flash in Novem­ber 2007.

Har­vard Crim­son’s vic­tory was her sixth from 28 out­ings for own­ers Mr J & Mrs C Eras­mus. The sixyear-old daugh­ter of Dy­nasty paid R10,80 a win and R3,40 a place.

The Pick 6 once again started with an up­set when 14-1 out­sider Arc­tic Blast won Race 6 over 1 200m. Arc­tic Blast, who was well rid­den by Ni­cholas Pa­tel for the Tara Laing yard, ba­si­cally led from start to fin­ish in the mid­dle of the track.

At the Post Ar­tic Blast was 2,25 lengths ahead of Newcrest (6-1), with Le Harve (28-10) in third and Bolle­makiesie (6-1) fourth.

Arc­tic Blast went off at a good price be­cause he was an eye-catch­ing win­ner of his Fairview de­but on 4 Au­gust. And with a per­fect No 16 draw up the Fairview straight he clearly had an­other win­ning chance.

The five-year-old son of Var paid R14,20 a win and R3,10 a place. His win gave the Pick 6 a kick-start with a R15,80 div­i­dend.

The bad news for pun­ters con­tin­ued in Race 4 over 1 600m when Santa Mon­ica (8-1) rubbed more salt into the wounds. The for­mer Mike de Kock-trained run­ner al­most led all the way under a per­fect ride from Ray­mond Daniel­son.

It was Santa Mon­ica’s sec­ond run for the Dor­rie Sham sta­ble and her first win in Port El­iz­a­beth. She paid R8,60 a win.

Her vic­tory boosted the Pick 6 div­i­dend to R216 with only 5477,89 tick­ets re­main­ing. The live tick­ets fell to just 811 af­ter the vic­tory of Im­pe­rial Guard (51) in Race 5. The Sharon Kotzen-trained son of Im­pe­rial Stride, well rid­den by Louis Mxothwa, scored his fourth ca­reer vic­tory from 34 starts. Im­pe­rial Guard is owned by Mes­dames GJ Dempsey & EJ Mar­ley.

The Pick 6 even­tu­ally paid R697 635,60 to only 1,7 tick­ets.

In Race 6 Rock Dee­jay (37-10) scored a hat-trick of wins when he de­feated Vous Et Var (17-10) over 1 000m for own­ers Dor­rie & Mark Sham.

Muzi Yeni and Mxothwa shared the jockey spoils with a dou­ble each, while Sham was the most suc­cess­ful trainer with three win­ners.

Muzi Yeni won aboard Rock Dee­jay in race 6 at Fairview yes­ter­day.

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