The Sean Tarry-trained Electric Gold, a Bush Hill Stud-bred Suzette Viljoen-owned three-year-old colt by Flying The Flag, today became the latest horse to frank the form of the Grade 2 Jonsson Wokwear Dingaans.
The long-striding former Paul Peter-trained horse was officially 4,5kg under sufferance with the best weighted horse, Bold Fortune, in today’s Middle Stakes event over 1800m at Turffontein Standside.
Howwever, he made light of that and, after sitting in a one out position with cover in midfield, he showed a tremendous turn of foot when asked the question on the outside by Calvin Habib.
He finished 3,50 lengths clear of the consistent Flashy Apache, who was officially 4kg under sufferance with Bold Fortune.
The well weighted and ultra consitent Kind Judy, who had a 2,5kg claimer up, was third and Bold Fortune was beaten 6.75 into fourth, despite having a 4kg claimer up, which added to her weight advantage.
Tarry was the victim of a Dingaans runner on Saturday when the Tyrone Zackey-trained Flower Alley colt Otto Luyken came out and beat his R7 million colt Celestial City.
Otto Luyken was beaten nine lengths into tenth place in the Dingaans and finished a length clear of Celestial City, despite giving the latter 2,5kg if the 1,5kg claim of Rachel Venniker is included.
However, Electric Gold finished 3,75 lengths clear of Otto Luyken in the Dingaans.
Therefore, he was going to have to have a good chance today.
Tarry would have had a good line into the race and might have gone in with some confidence.
Electric Gold won three in a row for Paul Peter, all over 1600m, after two fair maiden runs.
He has now added another win over 1800m.
Considering he went in merit rated 98 and yet was 4,5kg under sufferance with the best weighted runner, who also had a 4kg claimer up, and beat that one by nearly seven lengths, he has proved himself a worthy of a berth in the Grade 1 WSB SA Classic over this same course and distance on March 4 next year.
Meanwhile, Flying The Flag has moved down to Advocate Altus Joubert’s Riethuiskraal Stud in Stilbaai in the Western Cape.
Electric Gold is his best runner, but he has not set the world alight and Altus said to the Sporting Post recently, “His female line has been spectacular and it was Paul Peter who suggested I stand the horse, as he had a couple of promising youngsters. I have used him, but only sparingly.”