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Picture : A beaming Greg Cheyne wins after winning a £100k Heritage Handicap at the York Ebor Festival (via Andrea Brereton FB Page).

Former Summerveld trainer Dylan Cunha is having phenomenal success in the UK with the help of Greg Cheyne.

He felt his yard had become an important showcase for SA Racing and thus called for support from SA owners.

He said in a message to the African Betting Clan, “It’s been a good year considering we started here with nothing but 3 of our own cheap horses to get going. We’ve had 10 winners this year from 10 horses to race, a 19% win strike rate for 2023 and we’ve won a £100k Heritage Handicap at the York Ebor Festival, 2nd at Epsom in a £100k Heritage Handicap, we’ve won a Sky Bet Sunday Series race, had a Saturday Chester winner and had a Glorious Goodwood runner from the 10 horses. Our 3 year olds which we only have 3 of them are running at a 40% win strike rate.
It would be great to get a bit more SA support here. There are quite a few SA owned horses running here but none with us.

We are the UK advert for SA racing. The better we do here, the better the horseman in SA racing look. I know that sounds arrogant but it’s the truth. Some of the people, including some bigger guns here still think SA is bush racing even with all the success world wide, hence it’s important we do well here and get all the support we can from SA. The local British support has been really good, we are up to 30 horses now with a good few who haven’t raced yet to step out.”

Cunha and Cheyne combined last Friday to win the Sky Bet Mile Handicap (Heritage Handicap), a class 2 event (for OR rated 0-105 horses) over seven furlongs and 192 at York on good to firm ground.

The owners of the Charm Spirit three-year-old gelding, Martians Racing and Dylan Cunha, earned a cheque of £51,540.

The Racing Post comment for the 15/2 shot was, “In touch with leaders, going easily waiting for room over 2f out, soon switched left and headway, pushed along to lead over 1f out, ridden and kept on well inside final furlong, comfortably.”

Cunha, who trains out of Newmarket, has impressive overall statistics this year and they read:

Greg Cheyne’s stats are just as impressive:

CLICK HERE TO Read Dylan’s latest blog entry which includes the halcyon day at the York Ebor meeting: