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Picture: Hold My Hand (Gold Standard) runs in Saturday’s Grade 1 Thekwini Stakes (Candiese Lenferna). 

Gold Standard now has five winners from his first crop courtesy of the Michael Roberts-trained gelding Let’s Get Together, who was brought home by Rachel Venniker in a Maiden Plate over 1000m on the Hollywoodbets Greyville poly today.

Gold Standard is lying second in the freshman stallion standings behind Erupt.

The Drakenstein Stud-based son of Trippi has two lively chances of gaining his first stakes winner on Saturday at the Marshalls World Of Sport Gold Cup meeting.

First up he has the Candice Bass-Robinson-trained Golden Hostess running in the Grade 2 Prosport International Debutante over 1200m.

She cruised in by 3.50 lengths over 1200m at Kenilworth third time out as favourite after finishing decent thirds in her first two respective starts over 1000m and 1200m.

The Greyville course sponsor Hollywoodbets have priced the progressive sort up at 8/1 joint third favourite, although she has to jump from a tricky draw of eight out of twelve.

Aldo Domeyer retains the ride. 

In the Grade 1 Thekwini Stakes over 1600m he will be represented by the Glen Kotzen trained Hold My Hand, who waltzed in by four lengths on Hollywoodbets Gold Challenge day in a Maiden over 1600m in just her second start.  

That would have given her a feel of the course and distance and Grant van Niekerk takes over from Richard Fourie.