Smith delivers the big knockout blow
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.