Afrika burns up the track

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - Horse Racing - Post Rac­ing Ed­i­tor

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.

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