BARAHIN stormed to victory in the R1-million Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile on Saturday and in doing so, gave the Mike de Kock stable their third winner at the meeting. And when Frosted Gold won the Grade 3 Graham Beck Stakes, Queen Supreme the Grade 3 Yellowwood Handicap and Atyaab the Listed Java Handicap, it lifted that tally to six, writes JACK MILNER of TAB News.
Five were ridden by Callan Murray while Craig Zackey brought home Frosted Gold.
There is little doubt when the betting reopens for the Summer Cup, Barahin will be at the top of the boards after his impressive 3.50-length victory. There was not much support on the course for the son of Gimmethegreenlight and he drifted from 7-2 to 6-1. Second place went to Gary Alexander-trained Chijmes (25-1) while third place ended up as a dead heat between Cascapedia (16-1) and Flying Winger (66-1).
After extremely dry conditions, rain finally fell over Joburg on Friday night and Turffontein was well soaked, with 35mm of rain being recorded. “I think the rain probably helped him,” said De Kock. “From here he will go straight into the Summer Cup. I just hope he doesn’t get too big a penalty.”
The charity who drew the winning horse and will win the R150,000 first prize was Animal Allies who was represented by 7de Laan star Hildegardt Whites. Director of the organisation, Desire Friedland explained their aim is to help abused, abandoned and suffering animals who desperately need help. “We have realised the only way to end this is through education and sterilization.
“By focusing on these we are hoping to decrease the amount of suffering, unwanted animals and subsequently reduce the euthanasia rate.”
Barahin is usually a horse who drops out at the start and lands up at the back of the field. “Today he broke really well and I was able to place him closer to the leaders,” said jockey Callan Murray. “He travelled easily throughout the race.”
Ironically, Anton Marcus was scheduled to ride him but when he backed out and Buffalo Bill Cody, who was to be ridden by Gavin Lerena, got scratched, Lerena moved on to Cascapedia and Murray then got Barahin. “One has to make the best of these opportunities,” quipped Murray.
Approach Control made the pace from Divine Odyssey with 22-10 favourite Zillzaal in third and Barahin just four to five lengths off the leader. In the straight Zillzaal moved in with Chijmes, but Murray had a dream run down the inside and was travelling with a fistful of dollars in hand.