Late charge sees Craw­ford’s day end with three win­ners

The Citizen (KZN) - - RACING EXPRESS - Ken Ni­col

Brett Craw­ford had some­thing of a Jekyll-and-Hyde day at Ke­nil­worth on Satur­day.

This Philippi-based con­di­tioner trav­elled to the races with a strong hand, and went home with a more than sat­is­fac­tory three win­ners.

He made a late charge, as Depeche, St Vladimir, and Para Handy took races 6, 7 and 9 re­spec­tively.

St Vladimir was par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive. This Fort Wood colt had won his maiden flu­ently over the Ke­nil­worth 1800m, and cruised clear late over the same trip at a gen­er­ous 5-1.

It was a mere MR 66 event, but the man­ner of the win sug­gested a bright fu­ture, and Craw­ford in­di­cated post-race that this pro­gres­sive stay­ing type would be head­ing to KZN for the win­ter.

On the down side his two short­est priced run­ners on the day both ran well down­field.

Var Ex­press (11-10) had made a promis­ing de­but, and was ex­pected to be too good for a bunch of mod­er­ate maid­ens.

He was well beaten, but had valid ex­cuses. The colt had a shoe re­placed at the start, lost an­other in the run­ning, and was found to be lame on the left hind.

Mushi Sterek (9-10) was more of a mys­tery. This Aus­tralian-bred filly had been ul­tra-im­pres­sive when win­ning by five lengths on de­but in Novem­ber, but on this oc­ca­sion was beaten by the 700m mark, and trailed in last.

An­ton Mar­cus re­ported she had taken no in­ter­est, and the course vet found no ob­vi­ous ab­nor­mal­i­ties.

Trainer Craw­ford was re­quested to sub­mit a fur­ther re­port once she had re­turned to the sta­bles.

Classy Santa Clara had a per­fect prep for Sun Met day with an easy win in Race 2, a FM 92 Hand­i­cap over 1600m.

This Group 2-placed daugh­ter of Duke Of Mar­malade is en­tered for the Ma­jorca Stakes, Cape Derby, and CTS 1600 on the big day.

Candice Bass-Robin­son in­di­cated she is in­clined to run against the colts in the Derby over 2000m come 26 Jan­uary, but that no fi­nal de­ci­sion has been made.

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