Raine showers at Fairview
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.