Captain gives weight and a beating to all

Report: South Africa, Saturday

Scottsville: Tsogo Sun Sprint (Grade 1 Handicap) 6f, turf, 3yo+

CAPTAIN OF ALL (Dennis Drier/Sean Cormack) gave weight all round when justifying 7-2 favouritism and going to the front a furlong and a half from home. He beat long time leader Gulf Storm (11-1) by a length and a quarter with 33-1 shot Sheik’s Brashee half a length away in third.

Cormack, winning his tenth Scottsville Grade 1, said: “He travelled beautifully although he picked it up a bit more than I wanted – I needed him to switch off until the 400 metre mark – but when I picked him up in earnest he kicked and that was the winning move.”

The four-year-old goes to stud at the end of the season but missed a year, returning last December.

Drier said: “He had little niggles but nothing serious. I said that he just needed a break and that, if we did it the right way, he would come back and show us what he is capable of. He is a great horse.”

Also on Saturday

Scottsville: Allan Robertson Championship (Grade 1) 6f, turf, 2yo fillies

Entisaar (Mike de Kock/Johnny Geroudis), carrying Hamdan Al Maktoum’s first colours, drifted from 7-2 to 7-1 but led over a furlong out to score convincingly – despite ducking away from the rails in the closing stages.

The Australian-bred was winning for the third time in four starts and gave De Kock his third win in this in the past nine seasons.

Princess Royal, backed from 10-1 to 5-1, was beaten a length with 14-1 shot Madame Dubois a length and a quarter further back.

Shaama, stable companion of the winner and carrying a distinguishing red cap, started 18-10 favourite but weakened from a furlong out and finished a disappointing seventh.

Scottsville: Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion (Grade 1) 6f, turf, 2yo

Dennis Drier won this for the fourth year in a row with 11-5 favourite Seventh Plain (Anton Marcus) leading a furlong out and striding clear to beat the heavily backed (7-2 from 7-1) Redcarpet Captain by two and a half lengths, with Prospect Strike just over a head away in third. The last-named had been expected to start favourite but drifted from 18-10 to 4-1.

Scottsville: City Of Pietermaritzburg Fillies Sprint (Grade 1) 6f, turf, 3yo+ fillies and mares

Carry On Alice (Sean Tarry/S’Manga Khumalo) gained her revenge on old rival Alboran Sea, leading over half a furlong out to beat the 8-5 favourite by a length and three-quarters. Fly By Night finished well and was only a short head away third. She would have been second in another two strides.

Tarry said: “I will run her over a mile in the Garden Province at Greyville on July 4 if she draws well. If she does, she will wait for the Mercury Sprint there on July 18.”


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