video of irish flame winning the gold circle derby at clairwood racecourse
video of irish flame winning the gold circle derby at clairwood racecourse

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IRISH FLAME

Gold Circle Derby (Grade 2) 

david thiselton
david thiselton

David ThiseltonThe ruling Vodacom Durban July favourite, Irish Flame, started at odds of 1-5 for the Grade 2 Gold Circle Derby over 2400m at Clairwood on Saturday, and didn’t disappoint his followers. Jumping from a good draw under jockey Kevin Shea, Irish Flame was perfectly placed on the rail a few lengths off them in the running.

He picked them up gradually in the straight, overtaking his stable companion Happy Valley late on going on to win by a length. The Mike Azzie-trained Service Ace ran on late for third, five lengths behind Happy Valley. 

The first three home were drawn in the first three barrier positions.

The Geoff Woodruff-trained Cracker Jack ran fourth, while the Mike de Kock-trained Safwan faded late into fifth having set a good gallop that helped his stable companions.

Part-owner of Irish Flame, Larry Nestadt, was on course to represent his partners Bernard Kantor, Gary Barber and Percy von Molendorff. Irish Flame has now won two Grade 1s and a Grade 2 in his last three starts and has earnings in excess of R2,100,000.

RACE RESULTS

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

IRISH FLAME

58.0

113

3

K Shea

Mike de Kock

2

1.00

HAPPY VALLEY (ARG)

58.0

93

1

A Delpech

Mike de Kock

3

6.00

SERVICE ACE

58.0

104

2

G Lerena

Mike Azzie

4

6.75

CRACKER JACK

58.0

79

10

D Habib

Geoff Woodruff

5

6.80

SAFWAN (AUS)

58.0

80

6

K Neisius

Mike de Kock

6

11.55

SUPER STORM

58.0

96

13

B Fayd’Herbe

Mike Bass

7

12.30

FORT NOBLE

58.0

84

5

P Strydom

Paul Lafferty

8

14.30

CLUB VICTOR

58.0

104

14

R Fourie

Terry Lowe

9

14.55

DELLOTTO

58.0

100

15

R Danielson

Kumaran Naidoo

10

16.05

MIRAGE DRIVE

58.0

96

12

B Lerena

Tyrone Zackey

11

16.30

SMANJEMANJE

58.0

102

7

G Figueroa

Tyrone Zackey

12

16.80

AL’S DEPUTY

58.0

105

11

*A Domeyer

Kumaran Naidoo

13

16.85

VIN D’HONNEUR

58.0

91

4

J Geroudis

Paul Lafferty

14

18.85

POWER LORD

58.0

91

9

S Brown

David Rahilly

15

34.35

FESTIVAL SPIRIT

58.0

75

8

I Sturgeon

Michael Roberts

Late Scratching

58.0

16

0.00

LIZARRE

58.0

108

6

n/a

Mike de Kock

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