Smith de­liv­ers the big knock­out blow

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - Horse racing - Post Rac­ing Ed­i­tor

IF yes­ter­day’s race meet­ing on the Fairview Poly­track was a box­ing match, trainer Gavin Smith would have won by knock­out.

The Smith sta­ble was in red-hot form, win­ning a re­mark­able five of the eight races. Three of his win­ners were rid­den by Muzi Yeni.

Among Smith’s win­ners was the ul­tra-con­sis­tent Dawn­breaker in the main event of the day, a Pin­na­cle Stakes over 1 400m. Dawn­breaker recorded his sixth ca­reer win from 24 out­ings un­der a top ride from Lyle He­wit­son.

It was a chance ride for the young cham­pion jockey af­ter Craig Zackey was med­i­cally in­dis­posed.

Dawn­breaker led from start to fin­ish.

He came from wide out shortly af­ter the start to take the lead and stayed there un­til the end. At the 800m mark Seat­tle Flame set­tled in third, ahead of Break­fast Club and Cap­tain Marma- lade with Prince Of Or­ange the back marker.

With 100m to go Dawn­breaker was hard pressed by 16-10 favourite Cap­tain Mar­malade and Break­fast Club (9-2), but He­wit­son stayed in front to win by 1,25 lengths.

Dawn­breaker paid R2,60 for a win.

As pre­dicted Greg Cheyne made no mis­take on In A Per­fect World (19-20) in Race 1. Trainer Alan Gre­eff sel­dom fails with his first-timers and there­fore it came as no sur­prise when Mary Slack’s three-year-old son of Ideal World came home best of all. He paid R2 for a win. In A Per­fect World was bred by the Wil­ger­bos­drift and Mau­ritz­fontein Studs.

The Pick 6 started with a shock re­sult when Gavin Smith-trained Lates­cent, who went off at 13-1, won the 1 600m event. Lat­eral’s Flash (5-1) ran sec­ond, ahead of Fine Lady (6-1) and Hither Green (36-1).

The race al­ways had the look of pro­duc­ing an up­set af­ter Royal Kiss was scratched on Thurs­day morn­ing. When the run­ners came into the straight the warn­ing lights started to flash as the fan­cied horses were all poorly placed, many lengths be­hind the lead­ers.

One of them, Det­tie, could not find a way through, but Lat­eral’s Flash with He­wit­son in the sad­dle, came fly­ing through in the clos­ing states.

Un­for­tu­nately, her ef­fort came too late and at the post she was 0,10 lengths be­hind Lates­cent.

Lates­cent, who was clev­erly rid­den by Julius Mphanya, paid R22 a win and R4,80 a place.

Lates­cent opened in the bet­ting at 20-1, but found sup­port to go off at 13-1.

Her vic­tory gave the Pick 6 div­i­dend a R17.20 start and only 39 237 tick­ets went through to the sec­ond leg.

In the end the Pick 6 paid R51 993.70 to 13,05 tick­ets.

Apart from Smith and Yeni’s suc­cesses, Tara Laing and Chase Mau­jean also cel­e­brated a dou­ble.

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