Trainer Paul Peter and jockey Warren Kennedy made it a graded stakes double when they teamed up with MK’s Pride to win the G2 #thisisracing Joburg Spring Challenge (1450m) at Turffontein on Sunday.
The pair had also enjoyed notable success when landing Sunday’s G2 Joburg Spring F&M Challenge with Big Burn one race earlier.
Suited down to the ground by the 1450m, MK’s Pride had caught the eye last time out when winning a pinnacle stakes, and the four-year-old showed his prowess with a courageous effort on Sunday.
Kennedy kept MK’s Pride just off the pace, as Mr Flood went out to make the running, before Bingwa took over at the top of the straight.
Bingwa proved tough to pass, as MK’s Pride ran on gamely down the side, with Got The Greenlight battling to find a clear passage.
Kennedy timed his run to perfection, however, with MK’s Pride (with race fitness on his side) staying on to win by just over half a length and provide his trainer and jockey with the cherry on the top of a memorable afternoon.
Bingwa defied his odds with a bold showing, with five time G1 winner Got The Greenlight catching the eye back in the eye, while making his first start since the end of July.
Perhaps the run of the race came from multiple Equus Champion Got The Greenlight, running over a trip short of his best and conceding weight to both the winner and runner up.
Bred by Summerhill Stud, MK’s Pride claimed his seventh win, from 14 starts, in a time of 89.88 seconds while taking his earnings to over R1 million.
The best horse to have emerged from the first crop of Dubawi’s G1 winning son Willow Magic, MK’s Pride is out of the winning Admire Main mare Ikimasu.