Afrika burns up the track
OWNER Fred Crabbia’s sevenyear-old, Afrikaburn, is on the verge of millionaire status. The Tara Laing-trained runner, who went off at odds of 11-2, returned to form when he won the main event of the day, the Racing Association Stakes, over 1 600m at Fairview yesterday.
Afrikaburn’s victory pushed his career earnings up to just under R1 million (R987 600) and he should reach the magic milestone in his next outing. It was Afrikaburn’s first win in 168 days. He was brilliantly ridden by Lyle Hewitson to win from start to finish.
Go Direct (10-1) ran second ahead of Streak Of Silver (5-2) and Story Of My Life (7-1). Go Direct, formerly trained by Geoff Woodruff and now run- ning for the Laing yard, made an impressive debut for his new stable as it was his first race in nine months. Many thought he would need the run, but at the post he was just 1,25 lengths behind his stable companion. Go Diect should be hard to beat in his next race. He is a five-time winner from 26 outings.
The victory was Afrikaburn’s sixth from 40 starts and he paid R6,50 a win and R2,70 a place. In Race 4, 13-10 favourite Three Times A Lady was rewarded for consistency when she easily won the race over 1 800m by 3.25 lengths. It was the daughter of Twice Over’s second win from 19 starts for owners Messrs CG & LF Scribante. It was also het first win in 270 days.
In Race 5, a Guineas Plate for fillies over 1400m, Klever Kathy (5-1) and Muzi Yeni scored back to back victories for the Gavin Smith stable. Klever Kathy was pushed hard over the last 120m by 21-20 favourite March Music with Hewitson in the saddle, but held on to win by a length. Carlita (28-10) ran on in the closing stages to finish in third, ahead of Vertical (221).
Klever Kathy also won her previous race when she defeated Double Black by 2,25 lengths. Bushiri, Three Times A Lady and Fort Winter were the only favourites to put their best foot forward on the day. Among the trainers Bremner had an outstanding day with three winners, followed by Greeff with a double. Jockeys Cheyne, Hewitson and Munger celebrated a double each.