So easy for Sandringham Summit (JC Photos)
Jack Milner (tab4Racing)
Sandringham Summit put the record straight in no uncertain terms in the Grade 2 TAB Gauteng Guineas over 1600m at Turffontein on Saturday when he coasted to a three length victory over Hotarubi, William Iron Arm and Purple Pitcher.
The three-year-old son of Gimmethegreenlight had been beaten in the Grade 2 Dingaans over the same course and distance and when scratched from an earlier engagement, rumours were flying around the racing fraternity that all was not well with the David Nieuwenhuizen-trained colt.
But despite not having raced since November, Sandringham Summit looked fantastic in the parade ring and ran accordingly.
Gavin Lerena, who scored his fourth winner of the day aboard this colt, had him perfectly placed in fourth position while House Of Romanov set a strong pace. At the 400m mark Lerena moved in and the opposition moved out, and it was all a question of how far.
Sandringham Summit went off at 12-10 which in retrospect, looked outstanding value.
Lerena was full of praise for the colt. “Fantastic win from him.
“HIs last run wasn’t Sandringham’s run. I didn’t really know the horse well. I was working him an he didn’t really give me too much of a feel and I must say that this time all I had was horse under me.
“So obviously his last run was a flat run and a big thank you to them for sticking with me.
“He’s a phenomenal horse and it’s just great to be on him.”
It is always great to see a small stable win one of the top feature races and certainly a highlight for Nieuwenhuizen, who Lerena said had pulled off a “fantastic training feat.”
Nieuwenhuizen was obviously delighted by the performance of last season’s Equus Champion Two-Year-Old Colt. “This is the horse I know,” he said. ” Last time everything went wrong. Gavin must be given all the accolades. The horses went up front, they went hard, he obviously knew what was happening.
“He won a great race, a great riding feat from him if you watch the race.”
Sandringham Summit will now be aimed at the second leg of the SA Triple Crown, the Grade 1 SA Classic over 1800m on Saturday 3 Match.
Sandringham Summit gave Gimmethegreenlight a Gr 2 double because earlier the Mike de Kock-trained Gimme A Nother remained unbeaten with another breathtaking win in the Gr 2 Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas.
De Kock left the overcoming of a wide draw to JP van der Merwe and the latter decided to drop the top class filly out to sit in second last position.
In the straight the filly crept up within striking distance and Van der Merwe unleashed the late burst she is becoming known for at the 200m mark. It was a hands and heels ride bar one backhander applied when Van der Merwe noticed stablemate Silver Sanctuary staying on. She won by 1,75 lengths from WSB Cape Fillies Guineas narrow runner up Silver Sanctuary and this proved herself the best three-year-old filly in the land. She converted odds of even money. The Candice Dawson-trained 40/1 longshot was ridden by Piere Strydom in to a 2,50 length third position. The Sean Tarry-trained Let’s Go Now was squeezed at a crucial stage but managed to regather and stay on for a 4,25 length fourth with the Lucky Houdalakis-trained Egyptian Mau bouncing back from her poor last run with a five length fifth.