HERMOSO Mundo became a rare Equine Triple Gold Medalist when he followed his wins in May’s Gold Bowl at Turffotein and July Day’s Gold Vase at Greyville with a thrilling success in the Elan Property Gold Cup over 3200m, the plum picking for SA stayers despite being downgraded to Gr3 status.
“Hermoso Mundo has won the Stayers Triple Crown, if there was one!” enthused trainer Weiho Marwing, who had every right to bestow accolades on his outstanding stayer and deserves kudos for a fine training feat himself.
The four-year-old by Ideal World joined Marwing earlier this year, transferred from Alec Laird’s yard and Marwing said: “He arrived in brilliant condition and hasn’t stopped improving. I haven’t got to the bottom of him yet. I’m not sure where we will go from here.”
Marwing thanked his elated group of owners, including South African-based Neil Smith, the Germany-based Neil Patrick Smith and Sean Singleton, and his brother Weichong for a top ride.
Weichong Marwing brough Hermoso Mundo with a well-timed finish to head and beat the mare Zante in the shadow of the post. He gave a victory salute and invited all the owners to lead his mount into the winner’s enclosure – they were all together on course for the first time and gave their war cry afterwards. Imagine the celebrations that ensued!
Jockey Marwing, riding with his spirit and confidence of old, said that his health had turned the corner, which would have been music to the ears of his many supporters. “I think we will shake things up next season,” he said.
Hermoso Mundo, by Ideal World from Escoleta Fitz, was raised at Mauritzfontein Stud who, among several other Graded winners, have bred the winners of the J&B Met, the Durban July and the Gold Cup in the last 20 months.
Photo: Candiese Marnewick.