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Narina Trogon wins the Listed King’s Cup under Mathew Thackeray to give the Mike Miller yard a treble and his mother Beach Beauty a full house of black type performers. Dynasty mare Beach Beauty was a five time-Gr 1 -winning champion herself and of her five foals to have run four have now earned bold black type and one has small black type. The win also put Drakenstein stud on 15 individual stakes winners for the season, so breaking their own SA record of 20 looks feasible. (Candiese Lenferna Photography) 

Mike Miller’s treble at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Sunday, which included winning the Listed King’s Cup over 1600m, put him right back in contention for the KZN Trainers Championship.

The standings are now Wendy Whitehead 33 wins in KZN this season, Mike Miller and Gareth van Zyl 32 wins, Garth Puller 31 wins and Alyson Wright 30 wins.

Andrew Harrison of Gold Circle wrote the following report on Sunday’s racing:

Andrew Harrison (Gold Circle)

The WWF wrestling, or whatever it’s labelled now, is a circus to entertain the masses, but the equine equivalent that played out in the Kings Cup at Hollywoodbets Greyville yesterday was no circus.

The early exchanges did not see back flips or strangle holds but when crossing a rival with not enough room to avoid a heel-clipping and a potential death, even the F1 racing stewards would have been interested.

It was a messy race but it resulted in a third win on the day for Mike Miller as Mathew Thackeray took advantage of the scrimmaging to send Narina Trogon to an emphatic win as he got a clear run up the inside rail and shot through to win in commanding fashion. In the post-trace interview Miller was a little non-plussed as to what lies ahead for Narina Trogon who was bought off an on-line sale.

Visiting favourite Celestial City was no match for the winner but battled on gamely to snatch second ahead of a host of challengers.

Taking over one of the top stables in the country is not always a blessing as it can be nerve and bank-balance wrecking, but Stuart Ferrie has been in the sport long enough to know the pitfalls. He has learnt well over the years, cemented by his time with the now retired Dennis Drier. Gladatorian started his career under the old master but Ferrie has kept the gelding firing and he made short work of a quality Pinnacle Stakes field.

Ferrie and the horse’s connections must have been chewing shirt buttons as the field crossed the subway with Glatatorian seemingly struggling and hunting a clear run. But once Sean Veale got it all sorted, Gladatorian fired through on the rails to win as he liked. Veale is never short of confidence but was bullish of his mounts chances going into Champions Season with the Independent On Saturday Drill Hall Stakes next on the menu.

Eye-catching was Pray For Rain who showed pace from his wide draw and staying on for third in a good warm-up for the Computaform Sprint at Turffontein on April 6.

It is always handy to have a line on your opposition and Tristan Godden went into yesterday’s first race confident that his mount Magical View had the measure of the well-backed favourite The Ghost.

Of the favourite he said, “we beat her last time with a horse of ours (Million Voices) and I think this one is a little better, so I was confident that we could beat the favourite.”

And so it proved, as Godden tracked the pace before sending Miller’s charge for home and she quickened nicely to win rather comfortably. The Ghost ran out of steam the last furlong allowing the first timer Woza Nawe to snatch second. Richard Fourie had Peter Muscutt’s filly one from last turning for home and, showing all the signs of inexperience, she ran on strongly for second.

It was two-from-two for the Miller/Godden combination as Ethereal View made short work of the opposition in the second with stable companion Her Royalty adding to their celebrations finishing second.

One to keep an eye on is the Hollywood Syndicate-owned Qondanekukhanyeni. She was not in the race crossing the subway but she made smart headway in the straight as apprentice Siphesihle Hlengwa slipped her up the inside rail to finish just off the placed runners.

Richard Fourie is not the prettiest in the saddle but he is hard to beat in a finish and he gave another forceful exhibition as he got Emerald Green home for Louis Goosen in the third. Rachel Venniker and Sweet Julia looked to have his measure most of the way up the straight but it was never-say-die as he edged Emerald Green closer and closer and eventually running down his rival.