Weekend Post (South Africa)
Greeff, Bremner train the card
YESTERDAY’S Fairview race meeting was a power display from the Alan Greeff and Yvette Bremner stables.
Between them they trained the winners of the entire nine-race card with Greeff having five winners and Bremner four. It was a day these two trainers will remember for a long time.
Andrew Fortune, who stood in for the injured Greg Cheyne, rode three of the Greeff winners with Charles Ndlovu on the back of the other two.
Apprentice Lyle Hewitson once again showed his class by being aboard all four of Bremner’s winners.
The main event of the day, the Ibhayi Stakes over 1 400m, was won by 4-1 shot Gimme The Stars, who won his third race in succession for owners Messrs Bryn Ressell, Freddie McGrath & MC Wright.
The three-year-old son of Gimmethegreenlight defeated Cock-A-Hoop (1810) by a neck with Green Lantern (7-2) and Story Of My Life (4-1) next best.
With 1000m to go Gavin Lerena took Cock-A-Hoop to the front, followed by Story Of My Life, Green Lantern and Grandissimo.
With only 300m left it was all Cock-A-Hoop, Story Of My Life and Green Lantern, but 50m further down the track Gimme The Stars made his move.
At that stage he was still running in fourth place, three lengths off the pace, but Hewitson brought him through to collect the winner’s cheque of R93 750.
However, Gimme The Stars was not fast enough to better Nitrogen’s 18-year-old record of 81,11 seconds which was set in 1999. Gimme The Stars won in 85,25 seconds.
Bremner and Hewitson had a dream start to the meeting when they won the first three races. They took the first race with Via Seattle (22-10) and followed it up with victories in Races 2 and 3 with Aunty Carol (8-1) and Kir Royale (22-10) respectively.
The Alan Greeff stable, however, was not going to be overshadowed and they hit back strongly with four consecutive wins.
Charles Ndlovu won Races 4 and 5 with Helen’s Bay (22-1) and Thayer (6-1) respectively before Andrew Fortune, who stood in for the injured Greg Cheyne, won on Zevenastic (5-1) and Zanzibar Beat (6-1) in Races 6 and 7. The victory of Helen’s Bay was shock result in the opening leg of the Pick 6. Ndlovu powered his way through in the closing stages to beat stablemate Direct Route (2-1) by 0,75 lengths.
Direct Route and Silken Summer both went off at 2-1.
Helen’s Bay found no betting support. She opened up at 16-1, but later on drifted to 18-1 and then 22-1 shortly before the off.
She paid R12,30 a win and R2,60 a place.
Greeff also won with Zanzibar Beat and Another Night.