Khan brings it home

The Mercury - - THE RACEGOER - DAVID THISELTON

FIVE-TIMES SA cham­pion jockey Mark Khan was in dev­as­tat­ing form on the Greyville poly yes­ter­day and brought home four win­ners on the trot early in the eight race meet­ing. Khan’s first win­ner was aboard the Dun­can How­ells-trained Mr Green­light, who was of­fi­cially 6kg un­der suf­fer­ance with the filly Twice As Smart ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial merit rat­ings in the Grad­u­a­tion Plate event over 1 600m.

How­ever, he has not yet had the chance to prove him­self like the lat­ter has and showed yes­ter­day he will be a force to be reck­oned with when he is given those op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Khan had him handy on the flank of the leader and in the straight he sim­ply drew away as he pleased to oblit­er­ate them by 2,8 lengths.

He started at odds of 11-2 but won like an odds on shot and won’t be let loose by the book­mak­ers again.

How­ells will send him down for

the US$500,000 CTS 1600, pre­sum­ing this im­pres­sive win will see the fi­nal field se­lec­tion pan­elists giv­ing him the nod. Khan rode an en­ter­pris­ing race from the front in the next race over 1600m on the Lezeanne Forbes-trained Ato filly Easy Gin­ger to win by 4,10 lengths.

The favourite Roy’s Novice proved in need of the run as the Wright yard had stated be­fore­hand.

Spe­cial Force

In the sec­ond leg of the Pick 6 over 1200m Khan did ex­cep­tion­ally well to win com­fort­ably on the Forbes-trained Spe­cial Force as this Cru­sade geld­ing was barged off course in the early stages.

Khan made it a four in the next over 1200m on the enig­matic Ku­maran Naidootrained Roy’s Magic as this Foxwedge Aus­tralian-bred geld­ing needs things to go his way be­fore pro­duc­ing his good turn of foot and Khan en­sured he was cov­ered up and re­laxed through­out.

The meet­ing be­gan with an easy win for Marzi­pan Path in his first run for the Nathan Kotzen yard. An­ton Mar­cus con­verted 11-10 odds which proved gen­er­ous as this Eight­fold Path filly has plenty of sub­stance and won by 2,7 lengths with­out be­ing hard pressed.

The sixth race over 1200m looked the most open on the card and the Sean Tar­ry­trained Sev­enth Rock filly In Full Bloom held on from a handy po­si­tion un­der Luke Fer­raris to con­vert 9-1 odds.

Dance Off

In the sev­enth the in form An­dre Nel and Gareth Wright com­bi­na­tion had an­other win­ner when the Black Min­naloushe geld­ing Dance Off came from off the pace to catch the favourite High Green close to home.

In the last race over 1900m the favourite Moschino went out like a light when asked for ex­tra in the straight but luck­ily for Pick 6 pun­ters the mar­ket ri­val Pay­back­the­money, a long-strid­ing March­field geld­ing, swooped to win com­fort­ably un­der Don­a­van Dil­lon to give Nathan Kotzen a dou­ble.

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