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The Justin Snaith-trained Royal Aussie (Royal Mo) wins the R7.5 million Gold Rush and thus lands a cheque of R5 million for his owners. Suzette and Basie Viljoen owned the slot in the race (Wayne Marks). 

Fortune favours the brave and this was evident when big-spending owners Suzette And Basie Viljoen landed the WSB R7.5 million with the horse they part-own, the Justin Snaith-trained Royal Aussie, who was ridden by Richard Fourie.

They own Royal Aussie together with Professor John Warner and Dr Jill Warner and Dane Squance.

The fortunate part behind the win is that when the partnership bought the horse at the Ready To Run Sale they did not know he had been pinhooked from the Cape Premier Yearling Sale and so was thus elegible for the Gold Rush.

Suzette and Basie had bought a ticket for the Gold Rush at CPYS.

Suzette thanked Basie for allowing the ticket to be used for Royal Aussie.

The winning stake for the race was R5 million.

Royal Aussie’s groom, whose first name is fittingly “Lucky”, earned himself R100,000 in total.

Lucky Bubushi was presented with the groom’s prize of R50,000 and the owners awarded him with another R50,000.

It was a special win for Suzette because a friend she has known from her childhood, Heinrich Rix, was responsible for importing Royal Aussie’s sire, Royal Mo, to South Africa.

Royal Aussie was bred by Klawervlei Stud.

However, Klawervlei Stud might not have been too happy to see him get up because they were the slot holders of the half-a-length runner up, the Vaughan Marshall-trained Dave The King!

Incredibly, the result was identical to their respective runs in the Grade 1 Hollywoodbets Cape Guineas, where Royal Aussie beat Dave King by half-a-length into fourth place, although their prices in the latter race were 80/1 and 125/1 respectively while on Saturday they were 33/10 and 4/1 respectively.

Dave The King, owned by Messrs L M Nestadt & G J Player & Ralphs Racing (Pty) Ltd (Nom: Miss K Ralphs), still landed R1 million in prize money.

The Snaith yard also landed third and fifth place with Itsrainingwilliam (William Longsword), who is a half-brother to Rain In Holland, and Triple Time (Twice Over), and fourth place went to the Glen Kotzen-trained 7/2 shot King Regent (Dynasty).

John Koster, breeder of Royal Aussie, spoke of the tangible excitement in the parade ring before this lucrative race and said it was a concept that should be continued.