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Gareth van Zyl leads in Sea Master after he had won the Gr 3 Lonsdale Stirrup Cup  (Picture: Candiese Lenferna)



Athandiwe Mgudlwa produced a fine front-running ride on the Gareth van Zyl-trained Master Of My Fate five-year-old gelding Sea Master to win Saturday’s Gr 1 Lonsdale Stirrup Cup over 2400m at Hollywoodbets Greyville at odds of 33/1.

Sea Master was bred by Varsfontein Stud and is owned by Laura de Haast.

Mgudlwa looked to be a jockey of great promise when riding the Jackpot one day early in his career.

He went off the boil for a few years though and was not very much in favour.

However, astute and loyal trainer Van Zyl has shown faith in him recently and Mgudlwa has paid him back.

The latter is growing in confidence and he looks likely to become as solid a part of the Van Zyl team as Warren Kennedy was.  

The Lonsdale was a boil over because 33/1 shot Raiseahalleluja finished second. 

Former SA Derby winner Aragosta ran a good 0,60 length third carrying topweight.