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Mid Winter Wind wins the Gr 3 Byerley Turk with minimum fuss. (Picture: Candiese Lenferna)

The Sean Tarry-trained Mid Winter Wind was scratched from an ordinary Middle Stakes event on Saturday at Turffontein Inside in favour of taking his place in the Gr 3 Byerley Turk over 1400m at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Sunday and it proved to be an astute decision.

The relatively unexposed Drakenstein Stud homebred gelding by What A Winter opened up at double figure odds, but a flood of money saw him shortening in to 5/2 joint favourite together with Gimmeanotherchance and Underworld.

Off his 96 rating he was officially 7.5kg under sufferance with the  best weighted Gimmeanotherchance.

However, he made light of that under S’manga Khumalo and ran out a convincing 1,50 length winner.

He became Drakenstein’s 16th individual stakes winner this season from a breeding perspective and this leaves the country’s ruling champion breeding farm just five short of breaking their own SA record of 20 individual stakes winners set last season.

Mid Winter Wind is out of the former Dennis Drier-trained Dynasty mare Lady In Black, who won the Gr 1 Thekwini Stakes as well as the fillies equaivalent of the Byerley Turk, the Gr 3 Umzimkhulu Stakes.