The Kwazulu-Natal Breeders raceday at Greyville on Sunday produced competitive racing.
It was a particularly good day for the Scott Bros that bred the winner of the Million Mile, Matador Man, and the winner of the Levelling The Playing Fields series final, Mark My Card.
While trainer Sean Tarry stole the limelight with six winners, Scott Bros enjoyed two successes.
It was a special day also for apprentice jockey Eric Ngwane who was who was called up late after S’manga Khumalo had been stood down during the meeting. The young rider produced an outstanding effort to bring Matador Man down the outside of the field from off the pace to collar the filly Dawn Calling in the final strides to the line.
The well endowed non black-type feature for KZN breds attracted a quality field of thirteen, that included past dual winner No Worries on topweight, down to the Duncan Howells-trained Gr1 placer Dawn Calling at the other end of the scale on 50kgs.
But neither had an answer for the Tarry bomb Matador Man, who had given July runner Tilbury Fort 3,5kgs and a beating in the Listed Secretariat Stakes at the end of last year. Allowed to relax near the rear by replacement rider Eric Ngwane as Unagi showed the way into the straight, Matador Man made ground quickly as Dawn Calling hit the lead looking a winner at the 200m.
Matador Man had the reserves though and he came with a thundering late run down the outside to beat Dawn Calling going away by 1,75 lengths in a time of 94,10 secs.
Scott Bros not only bred the Toreador gelding but Robin Scott who runs the Highdown Stud in the Nottingham Road area of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and founded the stud 50 years ago with brothers Des and Neville, is part owner of the striking three-year-old that has now won three of his nine starts and placed in four others.
The winner is out of the four-time winner Sahara (Mogok).
He was purchased by the Tawny Syndicate at R180 000 at the 2015 National 2yo Sale and took his stakes earnings to R888 200.
Tarry produced another display of the power of the yard that has set a new South African winning stakes record of more than R30-million in a season and there are still many big races to come before the end of July.
Congratulations to Wayne Badenhorst who won the final of the “Level The Playing Fields” Series with Mark My Card, a daughter of Miesque’s Approval out of Markanawa, a half-sister to Markofdistinction. Owner Rodney Calder was on course to meet his winner. Mark My Card won two legs overall of the series of four races over distances of 1200 – 1600m.
For the KZN Breeders Club it was an outstanding success with the other eight races on the card all carrying stakes of R200 000 and all nine races confined to horses bred at studs in the province.