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Great Plains powers to victory under Richard Fourie (Candiese Lenferna Photography)

When the Justin Snaith-trained Great Plains won the Listed Hollywoodbets Sharks Gatecrasher Stakes over 1400m at Hollywoodbets Greyville in impressive style it would have caused joy to the two stud farms battling it out for the Breeders Championship, although for different reasons.

Great Plains became the long overdue first stakes winner for the Mauritzfontein-based sire Danon Platina and the stakes money for the R200,000 event would have helped increase Wilgerbosdrift and Mauritzfontein’s narrow lead over Drakenstein Stud in the championship.

For Drakenstein, it was their 19th individual stakes winner of the season, which leaves them one short of the national record 20 individual stakes winners they had last season.

Having the first black type winner for Danon Platina is another feather in the cap for prolific owner Nick Jonsson.

Snaith and Jonsson got the exacta in the race with Trippi colt Makazole finishing second.

Jonathan Snaith said about the purchase of Great Plains, “When Nick Jonsson and I were inspecting the short list at the 2023 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, lot 61 Great Plains was not hard to like. He was an athletic colt who used himself beautifully. Nick was (and still is) very confident of his sire, Danon Platina.”

Nick was excited about the grey after his debut, where he finished 6,10 lengths back in the CRS Cape Slipper over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth, partly because he received excellent feeback from jockey Daniel Muscutt.

The bullishness was well founded because Great Plains has rattled off three successive wins since then.

He arrived in KZN after being gelded and won over 1400m at Hollywoodbets Scottsville and then repeated the feat in a Juvenile Plate over 1400m at Hollywoodbets Greyville, when producing a powerful finish from way off the pace.

On Saturday, he was going to have to repeat the latter feat in the Gatecrasher as he was jumping from draw 12.

Richard Fourie managed to expertly find the rail, despite the big grey jumping outward from his wide draw.

In the straight he used his big stride to eat up the ground and despite having to make up close to ten lengths he won cosily.

Jonathan warned, “Often the KZN two-year-old form doesn’t hold up over time, but for now he’s a super horse and giving his connections some wonderful memories.”