SUMMERVELD trainer Nathan Kotzen enjoyed his first Listed success when two-year-old colt Kayden’s Pride (Muzi Yeni) flew up late in the Gatecrasher Stakes over 1400m at Greyville on Saturday to take out the favourite, Alramz.

Kotzen, in his second year as a licenced trainer since spending 20 years as assistant to Mike de Kock, has more than doubled his first season’s tally of winners. This was a cherry on top of a promising second season after Kotzen and his family also suffered a tragic personal setback.

Kotzen said: “Mike de Kock trains the runner-up and came to shook my hand, it was a privilege to have beaten my old boss with my first listed winner.”

Kayden’s Pride was selected and bought at last year’s KZN Sibaya Sale and Kotzen tells: “My cousin Greg and I liked him, Greg was especially keen on him but he didn’t have a buyer and left it to me, we were surprised he went for only R110,000 and very happy to get him.

“He was syndicated by Trevor Padyachee, Trevor Naicker and friends, who also have Master Keys and Tommy Grand with me, good guys to train for.

“Kayden’s Pride shows us in work that he needs more ground, I think he will see out 2000m. Our next mission, however, will be the KZN Yearling Sale Million on July Day, an easier picking than the Golden Horseshoe.

“After that, we’ll look at the Gr1 Premiers Champion Stakes on the last day of the season.”

Kayden’s Pride is a Nadeson Park-bred son of Gimmethegreenlight and the one-time winner Red Apple, by Shoe Danzig.

 

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