Just reward for Harvard Crimson
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.