GOLD Season (8-1) needed the experience and got going late on his 1200m debut at the Vaal to finish fourth, but he stepped up to Listed level to win Saturday’s Listed Gatecrasher Stakes, showing his appreciation of the extra 200m with a powerful finish to win from long-time leader Master Of Disguise, and Royal Exhibit.
Gold Season won going away in a decent field of young horses, signalling more wins to come.
Trainer Ashley Fortune commented: “We liked him a bit before his first run and we specifically targeted this race. I’m glad it’s worked out.”
She thanked owner Preggie Sumasundram and said: “He deserves every bit of success he gets. It’s nice to have a horse win a little feature for him second time out.”
Jockey Craig Zackey said he was impressed and a little surprised: “At home Gold Season is as laid back as they come, he doesn’t like to show off too much.
“He is still immature. I had to niggle him to stay in contention, but when I asked him, he gave it all!”
Gold Season is by Gimmethegreenlight from Miss Gold Digger, by Rich Man’s Gold. Raised at Hassen Adams’ Nadeson Park, he was a R375,000 by from the 2019 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
Nadeson Park also bred the Gr1 Daily News winner Got The Greenlight, now a strong Durban July contender and trainer Joey Soma said: “I am impressed with Nadeson Park. They’re breeding better horses every year.”
The Turffontein trainer has several more Gimmethegreenlight runners in his yard.