The fairytale story of Kommetdieding had its culmination when the Harold Crawford/Michelle Rix trained and Ashwin Reynolds owned colt scored a stunning win in the Vodacom Durban July this afternoon.
Talk about one for the little guy!
Crown Towers as expected set the pace, but went off at a mundane gallop. Fellow rank outsiders Shah Akbar and Tristful went handy.
Linebacker and Kommetdieding were both within four lengths, but the latter was forced to race wide from the worst of the draw.
Turning for home Kommetdieding moved into the lead 250m out, but Linebacker quickly loomed up on his inside, while Got The Greenlight ranged up on the outside from a long way back.
All three had a chance over the final 100m, but Kommetdieding always held the advantage, and Gavin Lerena expertly guided him home by half a length, with Got The Greenlight a further neck back in third.
Lerena had got down to an unfamiliar 53kg to ride this one, but all the suffering must have seemed worthwhile in the moment of victory. It was his first July win, with his previous best a runner-up slot on Rainbow Bridge behind Do It Again in 2019.
Do It Again ran on well on for fourth, and Rascallion fifth, despite neither finding the clearest passage in the straight in a race dominated by the fancied runners.
Top weight Rainbow Bridge failed to quicken where it mattered and was beaten over five lengths into eighth.
Interestingly the five biggest outsiders filled the last five places, with Tristful (125-1) bringing up the rear.
Klawervlei bred the first two past the post, and Kommetdieding was sold to Mr Reynolds for R55,000 at the CTS/Klawervlei Farm Sale in 2019.
The lucky owner has already turned down some giddying offers for the son of Elusive Fort, and those will be even more impressive now.