Eddington was runner-up to Lion’s Blood (SAf) in the G2 Dingaans here at Turffontein November 24 before winning the Listed Sea Cottage Stakes back at this track January 6. Seventh in the March 1 G2 Gauteng Guineas on his third visit, he returned for a fourth time to run third behind Kings Gambit (SAf) in the April 5 G1 SA Classic and earned his own stripes in the absence of that rival here. Breaking well and taking up the early advantage, the bay capped a memorable day for Piere Strydom by making every yard of the running and registering an ultimately comfortable score.
Saturday, Turffontein, South Africa
GOMMAGOMMA CHALLENGE-G1 , R3,500,000, Turffontein, 5-3, 3yo/up, 1 1/4mT, 2:08.35, gd/sf. 1—EDDINGTON (SAF), 117, g, 3, by Model Man (SAf)
1st Dam: Sit Alkul, by Mr. Prospector
2nd Dam: Lypatia (Fr), by Lyphard
3rd Dam: Hypatia (GB), by High Hat (GB)
O-G L O’Brien, A R Burke & W Oakley; B-D Cohen & Sons (Pty) Ltd; T-Dominic Zaki; J Piere Strydom; R2,187,500. Lifetime Record: 9 starts, 5 wins, 3 places.
2—She’s On Fire (SAf), 119, m, 5, Jet Master (SAf)— Cream of the Crop (SAf), by Concertino (Fr). O-Team Valor (Nom: B Irwin); B-Scott Bros; T-OrmondFerraris.
3—Catmandu (SAf), 117, g, 4, Makaarem—Gypsey Spirit (SAf), by Coastal. O-Hendrik L van der Westhuizen; B-Summerhill Stud (Pty) Ltd; T-Andre Kirsten.
Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News