FROSTED Gold and Twilight Moon renewed their rivalry in Saturday’s Gr2 SA Nursery over 1160m at Turffontein and this time Frosted Gold won impressively, though the score between them officially stands at 1 ½ wins each, following the dead-heat that started their seasonal duels in March’s Storm Bird Stakes.
The grey Frosted Gold (4-1), however, has improved a little more than his rival in the last few weeks. Just off the early pace set by his stable mate Battleoftrafalgar, he moved up with 300m to run and raced clear for a 1,5-length win. His counterpart was beaten for pace late, but they’ve both franked their own feature form. They are a notch above the other two-year-old Gauteng racers and are likely to shape as a prominent pair into their three-year-old careers.
The newcomer, Battleoftrafalgar, showed a lot of toe and kept running late for third. He’s one of those “bring anything you like” horses if he goes to a Maiden Juvenile Plate or even a Juvenile Plate next time.
Jockey Anton Marcus commented: “It’s great to crack a feature race for Dave MacLean, who messaged me with good wishes in the early hours of this morning. Frosted Gold has good gate speed and when I asked, he kicked. He was looking for company late and based on that he has improvement to come.”
Trainer Mike de Kock said that Frosted Gold would possibly go for the Gr1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion at Scottsville, month-end, but that he will stay at home if there is a track bias.
“He wants to be ridden quieter, likes to run at them. He’s still a green horse,” De Kock said of this Inglis Melbourne purchase by Vinery Stud’s stallion All Too Hard (AUS).
Frosted Gold shows a record of three from four and R641,000 in stakes, one to follow through the ranks.