Favourite Malmoos (47-20) showed his Cape Guineas run was all wrong, as he bounced back to score a hard-fought win in the WSB Gauteng Guineas.
And all this a day after Sheik Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum announced the dispersal of all of his SA interests. Malmoos is sure to be one of the star lots at that particular auction!
Bingwa set a moderate gallop, as the nine runners raced in a relatively compact manner.
Malmoos enjoyed the run of the race travelling sweetly in second on the rail only a length off the leader, and Luke Ferraris asked him to take it up about 500m from home.
He always looked the one to beat after that, although his backers were made to sweat late on as market rival Catch Twentytwo (3-1) made a determined late effort and got within a neck. That one will be a serious player in the second and third legs of the Triple Crown.
The time of 97.36 seconds was marginally quicker than the fillies version.