JOCKEY Donovan Mansour broke a sequence of short-head defeats with a Gr3 feature win on Johan Janse van Vuuren’s talented mare Girl On The Run at Turffontein, Thursday night.
Girl On The Run (11-1), given a chance to relax early off bottom weight, delivered a late run in the strong Victory Moon Handicap over 1800m and put her nose down on the line to deny smart Jubilee Handicap winner Coral Fever what looked like an almost certain win with 50m to run.
“Coral Fever headed us late but Girl On The Run has a lot of heat, she deserves accolades for fighting back. Hard luck to Mr Sage (Robbie, trainer of Coral Fever), he has a nice colt.” He joked: “I wasn’t sure if we’d won. I wanted to get off and grab Muzi.”
Janse Van Vuuren, also relieved to have broken the spell of narrow seconds, commented: “Well done to Donovan for getting down to 50kg to her Girl On The Run. It was big effort, I was worried that the 1800m may be just a touch too sharp but this is a race we wanted to win.”
Janse Van Vuuren thanked owner, Dr Andreas Jacobs, for agreeing to keep Girl On The Run in training for another season. “ At least now we can phone the boss and justify why we wanted to race her,” he said.
This was a sixth career win for Girl On The Run, a five-year-old daughter of Silvano and Girl Of Grenada raised at Jacobs’ Maine Chance Farms. Her previous wins include the Gr3 Yellowwood Handicap and she will be freshened and prepared now for a tilt at the Sansui Summer Cup.
Photo: Girl On The Run (right), beat Coral Fever in a close finish. (JC Photos).