SANSUI SUMMER CUP (Grade 1)
Turffontein, Turf, 2000m
1 December 2012
Punters were left stunned when 16-1 chance Wagner (Tiger Ridge) triumphed under leaden skies in the R2-million Grade 1 Sansui Summer Cup at Turffontein on Saturday.
Trained by Turffontein conditioner Joe Soma and brilliantly ridden by S’manga Khumalo, Wagner led from soon after the start and held off several challenges in the finishing stretch.
The 50-1 shot Shogunnar (Solskjaer) was less than a length adrift in second place, with Ilsanpietro (Brz) (Mark of Esteem) (35-1) in third and Astro News (Silvano) (28-1) running on for fourth.
With odds like that, it is little surprise that the Quartet paid a cool R 941,509.60, with a R6,480 carryover. The Trifecta yielded R26,316.00.
While the shock result and teeming rain took a smidgeon of festivity out of the large, pink-clad Turffontein crowd, there was much emotion and celebration in the winning enclosure. Soma is one of the most popular figures in racing, while there was added poignancy from the fact that the trainer’s wife passed away a few months ago.
Owners Ingrid and Markus Jooste’s silks were to the fore from the start, with their two runners, Wagner and Vettel (Know Heights), showing up as the field left the 2000m gates. Behind them came Ilha Bela (Fort Wood), Ilsanpietro, Whiteline Fever (Right Approach), Zambucca (Lundy’s Liability), Smanjemanje (Kahal), Brooks-Club (Strike Smartly) and Pierre Jourdan (Parade Leader).
Favourite Mujaarib (Nadeem) was some 10 lengths back coming off the bend and never looked like threatening for honours. Astro News was almost last throughout, only flying up late to claim fourth spot.
First Ilsanpietro threw out a challenge to the leader; then it was Shogunnar and Zambucca. But the flying Wagner and Khumalo dug down deep and prevailed.
This and some other big results saw the Pick 6 paying R1.7-million and the Place Accumulator R66,251.80. The Jackpot paid R4,654.90.
Sansui Summer Cup (Grade 1)
|1||0.00||WAGNER||52.5||96||11||S Khumalo||Joe Soma|
|2||0.50||SHOGUNNAR||54.0||99||1||M Odendaal||Gavin van Zyl|
|3||1.00||ILSANPIETRO (BRZ)||57.5||105||20||G Lerena||Mike de Kock|
|4||1.25||ASTRO NEWS||55.5||102||10||M Yeni||Brian Wiid|
|5||2.50||ZAMBUCCA||58.0||107||18||K Zechner||Saeed Mohideen|
|6||2.75||WHITELINE FEVER||59.0||109||14||B Fayd’Herbe||Sean Tarry|
|7||3.50||VETTEL (ARG)||57.0||105||5||A Marcus||Mike de Kock|
|8||3.75||PIERRE JOURDAN||58.0||106||13||P Strydom||Gary Alexander|
|9||5.00||SILENT PARTNER||52.0||94||12||R Danielson||Mike de Kock|
|10||5.50||SMANJEMANJE||59.0||108||3||G van Niekerk||Tyrone Zackey|
|11||6.00||SOUL MASTER||57.5||105||2||M Mienie||Geoff Woodruff|
|12||7.25||MUJAARIB (AUS)||53.5||98||8||G Hatt||Mike de Kock|
|13||7.50||ILHA BELA||54.5||100||19||A Delpech||Mike de Kock|
|14||10.00||KNOCK ON WOOD||55.0||100||16||S Brown||Ormond Ferraris|
|15||10.25||BROOKS-VLUB||55.0||101||7||R Fradd||Mike Azzie|
|16||17.50||SILVER FLYER||57.5||106||15||K Shea||Mike de Kock|
|17||17.75||CHESALON||60.0||110||9||G Schlechter||Mike Azzie|
|18||20.00||SAGE THRONE||57.5||105||6||S Cormack||Colin Scott|
|19||99.99||EMPANOSO HENN (ARG)||57.5||105||17||D David||Mike de Kock|
|20||99.99||GOLDEN CREST||56.0||103||4||M Van Rensburg||Geoff Woodruff|
Extract from Tab News