Raine show­ers at Fairview

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

THE 36-1 out­sider Make It Raine caused a huge up­set in the main event at Fairview yesterday.

The six-year-old mare came home strongly to stun pun­ters in the Bet­ting World FM 88 Hand­i­cap for fil­lies and mares over 1 000m.

The Alan Gre­eff-trained daugh­ter of New Ap­proach de­feated Mary O’ Reilly (17-10) by 1,25 lengths with Saltire (15-1) run­ning third and Pep­per Oak (15-1) fourth.

Elle Est Noire was the early pace­maker, fol­lowed by Straatkind, Saltire and Mary O’ Reilly with Make It Raine the back marker.

But the or­der of run­ning changed quickly with Make It Raine chal­leng­ing Mary O’ Reilly to the post. How­ever, Lyle He­wit­son could not catch Make It Raine and had to set­tle for sec­ond.

Make It Raine opened in the bet­ting at 14-1 and short­ened slightly into 12-1 be­fore drift­ing to 22-1, 28-1 and later 36-1. She paid R31,70 a win and R6,50 a place.

The vic­tory was her fourth from 18 starts for owners Messrs C & R Kieswet­ter & Ridge­mont High­lands. Straat-kind ran a dis­ap­point­ing fifth place.

As pre­dicted the first leg of the Pick 6 was a stroll in the park for An­dre Nel-trained Crome Yel­low (4-10) when he drew clear to get out of the maid­ens for owner Mrs Sabina Plat­tner in Race 3. Aldo Domeyer kept his mount in third place while John In Flight and Wahi built up a 10 length lead com­ing into the straight. With 250m to go Crome Yel­low moved up ef­fort­less to win go­ing away by 4,75 lengths.

Lit­tle Drum­mer Boy (12-1) ran sec­ond, ahead of African Java (8-1) and Har­ing­ton Port (16-1).

It was also a dou­ble for the Nel and Domeyer com­bi­na­tion as they also won Race 2 over 1 000m with Vo­mandla (13-10) who de­feated Za­lika (8-1) by five lengths.

Domeyer’s mount in Race 4, Guilty Plea­sure, also went off as the 7-2, but had to set­tle for third place be­hind Curved Light (11-2) and Street Gaze (17-2).

In Race 5 Alan Gre­eff-trained Quick Glimpse (3-1) showed her class once again with a fourth straight win for owners Mary Slack & Michael Javett.

Greg Cheyne pulled away in the closing stages to beat Cap­tain Ma­rooned (5-1) by 1,25 lengths with Cop­per Trail (3-1) and Valen­tinik (15-1) next past the line. Quick Glimpse has now pushed her ca­reer earn­ings up to R270 375 at an av­er­age of R24 579.

In Race 7 Domeyer looked to have the race in the bag with Load­shed­der, but was caught on the line by Green Lan­tern, who was well rid­den by Cheyne for the Gre­eff sta­ble. It was Green Lan­tern’s fourth vic­tory from 25 starts. Cheyne was the best jockey on the day with Domeyer and Gould cel­e­brat­ing a dou­ble each.

Among the train­ers Gre­eff took the hon­ours with four win­ners. An­dre Nel won two races.

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