SECRETARIAT STAKES (Listed)
Turffontein, Turf, 1400m
8 December 2012
The Right Approach gelding Fantastic Mr Fox showed himself to be well above average when registering a gutsy win in the R135,000 Listed Secretariat Stakes run over 1400m at Turffontein on Saturday.
Serissa faded disappointingly early (he was to run a shocking 37 lengths tailed off last) as Muzi Yeni took Istiqraar to the head of affairs at the 400m marker, with Victory Call and Cookie Monster unleashing their challenges
In a driving finish Fantastic Mr Fox finished with a flourish and went on best to just beat Summerhill Ready To Run graduate, the Roy Magner-trained Cookie Monster by 0,35 lengths in a time of 85,35 secs.
Fellow Summerhill Ready To Run graduate, the Gary Alexander-trained Waka Waka, stayed on well for third, while Istiqraar was one-paced in fourth.
The favourite Virtuosity jumped from the best of the draw, but could only run fifth and 2,50 lengths behind after looming up dangerously.
Secretariat Stakes (L)
|1||0.00||FANTASTIC MR FOX||60.0||86||10||F Herholdt||Paul Matchett|
|2||0.35||COOKIE MONSTER||57.0||80||7||JP van der Merwe||Roy Magner|
|3||2.25||WAKA WAKA||58.0||82||11||M Mienie||Gary Alexander|
|4||2.30||ISTIQRAAR||57.0||80||9||M Yeni||Mike de Kock|
|5||2.50||VIRTUOSITY||56.5||79||1||S Brown||Leon Erasmus|
|6||3.25||REGAL STRIDE||60.0||86||3||C Little||Gavin van Zyl|
|7||7.00||SAMMY SILVER||56.5||79||6||S Khumalo||Chris Erasmus|
|8||7.25||VICTORY CALL||53.5||73||5||* J Greyling||Leon Erasmus|
|9||9.00||TURNSTONE||56.5||79||4||R Simons||Paul Matchett|
|10||18.00||KING’S BRIDGE||59.5||85||2||R Danielson||Greg & Karen Anthony|
|11||37.00||SERISSA||59.0||84||8||P Strydom||Sean Tarry|
|13||0.00||PEANUTS||59.5||85||5||S Chambers||Roy Magner|
Extract from Sporting Post