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Wagner wins the Sansui Summer CupClick above to watch Wagner winning the Sansui Summer Cup (Gr1)
(Footage - Fometter : Image - Tab News)

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)
Final Results

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
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

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