With a fifth in the March 1 G2 Gauteng Guineas and second in an allowance plate here at Turffontein a fortnight later to recommend him for the G1 SA Classic, Kings Gambit’s odds of 40-1 seemed to reflect his chance in that 1 1/8-mile contest here last time April 5. Turning that logic on its head with a game win, there was no element of surprise this time as he followed up in clear-cut fashion to reward favourite backers. Settled behind the leading group early, he allowed Classic Oasis first run inside the final quarter but always had that rival covered and cut him down in the final furlong for a decisive score.
Saturday, Turffontein, South Africa
EDBLO S A DERBY-G1 , R1,000,000, Turffontein, 5-3, 3yo, 12f 55ydsT, 2:37.11, gd/sf.
1—KINGS GAMBIT (SAF), 126, g, 3, by Silvano (Ger)
1st Dam: Lady Brompton (SAf) (G1SW-SAf), by Al Mufti
2nd Dam: Underground Lady (SAf), by Gatecrasher (SAf)
3rd Dam: Soho Secret (SAf), by Regent Street (Arg)
O-The Late J P Herholdt; B-Danika Stud (Nom: Mrs R A Bartlett); T-Lance Wiid; J-Gavin Lerena; R625,000. Lifetime Record: 6 starts, 4 wins, 1 place.
2—Classic Oasis (SAf), 126, g, 3, Classic Flag (SAf)— Oasis (SAf), by Centenary. O-A J Boshoff; B-B H & Arne J Botha & Mrs M E Botha; T-Stuart Pettigrew.
3—Rudra (SAf), 126, c, 3, Parade Leader—Tawny Red (SAf), by Northfields. O-Tony Moodley, P Bayvel, M F de Kock, M C Gerber & Mr & Mrs F Ladeira; B-Lammerskraal Stud (Nom: M L P Rattray); T-Mike de Kock.
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