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The Paul Peter-trained gelding Smorgasbord (Twice Over) was officially the third worst weighted runner in the Grade 2 Senor Santa Stakes over 1160m today but the fact this was likely due to him being a relatively unexposed three-year-old was shown in that he started joint favourite with bookmakers, albeit at weak odds of 25/4.
 
He then proved the point by winning.
 
The race was run at a blistering pace and he had the advantage of tracking the leader Captain Oupie (Captain Of All) after jumping well from his 13 draw in the 14-horse field.
 
He stayed on strongly under Warren Kennedy to beat the officially worst weighted runner Warrior’s Rest (What A Winter), who showed fine pace throughout, also from a high draw. 
 
Warrior’s Rest started biggest outsider at 40/1 despite being one of only two Grade 1 winners in the field.
 
He had been unplaced in two comeback runs from a wind operation but his last run could have been ignored as he pecked on to his nose at the start.
 
His Sean Tarry-trained stablemate and only other Grade 1 winner in the field, Under Your Spell (Capetown Noir), stayed on strongly towards the inside for a one length third.
 
She was a touch unlucky as she had to be switched after a gap closed on her and was low flying at the finish to be beaten just a length. 
 
The consistent True To Life (Duke Of Marmalade) ran a 1,50 length fourth from draw ten.
 
Captain Oupie stayed on for fifth which seemed to point to the higher draws being  favourable as they tend to be by trends.
 
The time of 65,64 seconds was only half-a-second outside the course record, a good time considering the official soft conditions.
 
Sean Tarry had a fine day and two or three Hollywoodbets July final field contenders emerged for his yard.
 
The three-year-old Litigation (Greys Inn) had a tricky draw of six out of nine in the Listed Derby Trial over 2000m but Gavin Lerena  found the box seat behind the pacemaker Tabebuia (Global View).
 
He then used his big action to stay on strongly in the straight to win by 3,50 lengths despite carrying topweight.
 
The Greys Inn colt is progressive and stamped himself as a Grade 1 WSB SA Derby candidate and is now 40/1 for the July with the sponsor.
 
Both Smorgasbord and Litigation ran in Laurence Wernars colours. 
 
Earlier, Tarry scored a one-two-three in the Listed Drum Star Handicap over 1800m with Zillzaal (Silvano), Shango (Captain Of All) and Nebraas (Vercingetorix) and his other runner Tierra Del Fuego (Skit Skizzle) finished fifth. 
 
Zillzaal was used early from a wide draw to sit one out and one back behind the favourite Reunion (Flower Alley).
 
The latter showed his usual top class acceleration but once again threw in the towel when asked to fight and faded tamely.
 
Zillzaal stayed on well under Kegan de Melo to win by 1,40 lengths carrying 60kg off a 113 merit rating.
 
An Older male needs to be on 116 as things stand to be in the handicap for the July with bottom weight and he will likely be around that mark after this win.
 
In the Listed Oaks Trial the Barend Botes/Yolani Vosloo-trained Light Of The Moon (Futura) used pole position draw and joint bottom weight of 55,5kg to get into the box seat before kicking well for home under Muzi Yeni.
 
She bravely fended off Princess Kesh (Brave Tin Soldier), who was carrying 3kg more than her, to win by a head.
 
Sire of the moment Red Ray was in the feature winner’s enclosure again later when the Stuart Pettigrew-trained filly Alula’s Star stayed on strongly under Philisande Mxoli to win the Non-Black Type Gold Rush Sprint over 1100m by a length from the previously unbeaten Cleaver Greene (Rafeef) with Gallic Chief (Vercingetorix next best).
 
The Non-Black Type Sun Chariot Handicap over 2400m saw the in and out David Nieuwenhuizen-trained filly Flying First Class (Silvano) enjoying the trip and winning by 1,75 lengths under Calvin Habib from last year’s Oaks Trial winner Aryaam (Dynasty).   
 
Picture: Smorgasbord beats Warrior’s Rest in the Senor Santa (JC Photos).