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Saartjie gains a deserved Graded victory (Picture: Wayne Marks) 

Saartjie gains a deserved Graded victory (Picture: Wayne Marks) 

Turf Talk

Trainer Andre Nel scored a feature double on Saturday and a treble overall, all of them naturally with Sabine Plattner-owned runners, one of them a homebred.

The Shadwell Stud-bred Dynasty filly Saartjie sufferened bad luck in at least two feature races in KZN’s SA Champions Season.

She was overdue a Graded win to add to her Listed success last season.

She rallied late under Corne Orffer on Saturday to win the Gr 3 Splashout Victress Stakes over 1800m from Happy Chance with old rival Hold My Hand in third.

In the next race the consistent five-year-old Sabine Plattner-hombred Querari gelding Master Redoute finally claimed bold black type after muliple stakes places. He won the Gr 3 Ridgemont Peninsula Handicap over 1800m by 0,40 lengths under Anthony Andrews.

Corne Orffer rode the Klawervlei Stud-bred Nel/Plattner five-year-old gelding Axl (What A Winter) to an easy victory in the last race over 1200m.

Nel is in fine form at present and is bouncing back well from his below par last season.

He had only 15 wins in the Western Cape last season at a strike rate of 6.79%.

This season in the Western Cape, with less than half of the season completed, Nel has already passed that mark with 16 wins at a fine strike rate of 19.28%.

His yard is one to follow.