COCKNEY Pride (17-1), a distant last on her 1200m debut in March, slipped through the field from seven lengths off the pace and ran on powerfully to win Saturday’s Gr2 Zulu Kingdom Golden Slipper over 1400m at Greyville.
Cockney Pride and stablemate What You Are raced alongside each other for the first 1000m, both placed in midfield while the third Tobie Spies runner Singforafa, the quick galloper, set a good pace.
The race changed shape with 400m to go as gaps opened on either side of the handily-placed Mawsool – Cockney Pride took the inside and What You Are went for the outside. They came together to fight it out, but Cockney Pride shook off her home rival and took the verdict by 0.70-lengths. Gabor ran into third, Cavivar fourth.
This was a fourth feature race Exacta for Spies during this season’s Champion’s term in KZN and he told Turf Talk: “We’ve had a great time in KZN this season, what a pleasure to have winners on July day!”
He spoke about Cockney Pride’s debut and said: “She was ready for the race, we expected her to win but she ran a shocker. We were completely baffled, she showed winning work before the race. She pulled up a bit shin sore, though not enough to explain her poor run. We put her away for a few weeks and she was spot-on again when she returned to race at Scottsville, and on the day she put it together like we knew she could.”
Jockey Craig Zackey commented: “There is something you can feel about a good horse. I chose Cockney Pride above Singforafa and I’m glad I stuck to my decision. This filly is something special. She’s athletic, improving and I think she will go on to bigger things.”
Rob Macnab, who owns Cockney Pride in partnership with Alfie Pawson, Fito Englezakis, Darren Jolly and Spies, said: “We’ve been coming to the July for 14 or 15 years without success, now we’ve already had two winners on the day, it is just terrific.”
Cockney Pride is by Querari from Lovely Jubbly, by Rakeen. She was bred by Dr Marianne Thomson at Ambience Stud. With two wins from three starts, her career earnings has rocketed to R440,000.