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Trainer Johan Janse van Vuuren, owner Laurence Wernars and jockey Keagan de Melo landed a weekend feature double when the Argentinian-bred Seek Again four-year-old gelding Puerto Manzano proved his class in the Grade 3 WSB Jubilee Stakes over 1800m at Turffontein Standside, a victory which would have caught the eye of Hollywoodbets Durban July watchers.
 
In an exciting three-way dual for the line the 120 rated Puerto Manzano, carrying 60kg, repelled the low weights Perfect Witness (Flower Alley) and Naval Guard (Elusive Fort) to win by 0,45 lengths with a shorthead separating the latter pair who carried 51.5kg and 52kg respectively.
 
There was then a further 4,25 lengths back to the July entry Zillzaal, who beat another July entry Second Base by a short-head.
 
Naval Guard had been as short as 25/1 for the July and started 18/10 favourite yesterday.
 
However, he would likely have needed to win off that low weight to stand a chance of making the July final field.
 
Perfect Witness is a July scratching. 
 
Puerto Manzano was already in position 12 on the last July log.
 
Zillzaal did nothing to enhance his position of 20.
 
Second Base, who was in position 17, will be under pressure because Al Muthana, the winner of the Grade 1 Hollywoodbets Gold Challenge on Saturday will come from an outside looking in position to go above him and the Grade 3 Hollywoodbets Dolphins Cup Trial winner Airways Law might well be supplemented too.
 
Puerto Manzano had always promised to come into his own as a four-year-old and had thus been disappointing until running two successive Grade 1 places, second in the Wilgerbosdrift Grade 1 HF Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes and third in the Grade 1 TAB Premier’s Champions’ Challenge.
 
He landed his first bold black type yesterday and his first win since a hattrick of victories between March and May lasty year.
 
He is now a six-time winner.
 
The trainer, owner, and jockey combinations’ other Graded victory over the weekend was with Homely Girl (Querari) in the Grade 2 East Coast Radio Tibouchina Stakes.