IT’s hard to believe that former leading sire Kahal died over five years ago, but his legacy lives on and it was good to see Prince Of Kahal, one of the stallion’s last foals, pick up the Gr2 Joburg Spring Challenge over 1450m at Turffontein, Saturday.
Prince Of Kahal is consistent and versatile from 1000m to 1450m, but punters seemed to have thought he didn’t have the mettle to win a Gr2 race and his odds lengthened from an opening 10s to 15-1 before the off.
But the plucky gelding the Roy Magner stable has nick-named “Tiger” produced his best again, storming up late to win by 0.10-lengths from Zuaves, Chimes and Infamous Fox, in a race full of drama.
The stipes lodged an objection on behalf of the fourth horse against the second, and the places were reversed, which meant that Zuaves missed the Place Accumulator along with the favourite Buffalo Bill Cody, who stood in the stalls, lost the best part of five lengths and couldn’t get into the hunt from a wide draw.
This amended result would have been the biggest contributor to a P/A payout of R1267.30.
Back to the gallant winner.
Apprentice Dennis Schwarz, who has a four-from-four record on Prince Of Kahal and rode another good race, commented: “Prince Of Kahal was fighting me in the beginning, but I managed to settle him. I got a bit worried at the 300m mark, I had to ease him out of a pocket. But once he got a clear run, he turned it on.
“At the line I looked across and thought we’d won it. We were a bit unlucky dead-heating last time, but he’s a wonderful horse and I love him. He makes my day every time I work him.”
Magner said: “Prince Of Kahal is a little guy but he has a big heart and he has a special place in our hearts. He’s a smart little horse. I hope that owner Robert Chung is watching in Hong Kong, well done to him.”
Prince Of Kahal is now eight wins from 27 starts and he’s earned a decent 1,07-million for Chung, with more to come.