precedent wins flamboyant stakes for paul matchett
precedent wins flamboyant stakes for paul matchett
precedent flamboyant stakes winning trophy presentation
precedent flamboyant stakes winning trophy presentation

Precedent - Flamboyant Stakes (Grade 3)

(Photos : Gold Circle)

FLAMBOYANT STAKES (Grade 3)

Scottsville, Turf, 1600m

2 January 2011 

It’s not as though there’s no precedent for it, but it’s not altogether your everyday occurrence. The victrix in yesterday’s historic Flamboyant Stakes (rerouted to Scottsville from its traditional spot at Durban’s city centre circuit, Greyville, after torrential coastal rains) was the Model Man mare, Precedent who revealed glimpses of her form of last season when she strode away comfortably in the closing stages.

You could say we might’ve expected this from a performer of her ilk, but what makes this a rare feat is the fact she’s just completed a stint at Summerhill, where she visited the court of top five sire, Kahal, and she’s now some three months pregnant. We’re lucky at Summerhill to have the training facilities to be able to do this, as Precedent came back from Paul Matchett in early September. She was given a four week break, put back into work until she was approaching her 40th day of pregnancy, and then back she went to Johannesburg for the Spring features. A touch short of condition in her first couple of starts, there was a concern she may have decided her second career had taken precedence over her first, but on yesterday’s showing, she’s right back to her best.

Full marks to her enterprising owner, German-born, Dubai-based Rupert Plersch for daring to attempt this, and just as many points to Paul Matchett for getting her back to the winner’s enclosure yesterday. Rupert is what you call a “cool dude”, as he generates his income from the sale of ice for the drying of concrete, to construction companies operating in the Middle East, though his strategic flair lies not only in that enterprise. Many will remember him as the co-owner of the top international performer, Linngari (whom he succeeded in placing at the Aga Khan’s French stud for his first two Northern Hemisphere seasons, and in securing a shuttle option to Brazil for him in a “first” co-operative venture between those two countries.

Gaps he doesn’t miss. He was on board with our stallion Stronghold, and he’s a player with A.P. Arrow and the new Zulu “battle cry”, Brave Tin Soldier.

FULL RESULTS

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

PRECEDENT

58.0

98

2

A Marcus

Paul Matchett

2

0.25

LADY MAGPIE

56.0

82

1

R Danielson

Alistair Gordon

3

3.25

SECRET BABE

58.0

93

8

A Forbes

Dennis Drier

4

4.00

DANCE TO THE STARS (AUS)

58.0

81

10

S Veale

Duncan Howells

5

4.10

SILENT CALL

50.0

88

9

K Zechner

Deon Visser

6

5.60

ENCHANTED KINGDOM

52.0

85

4

F Naude

Paul Peter

7

5.65

FISANI

58.0

102

3

K Latham

Mike de Kock

8

6.40

CASE STATED

58.0

95

5

S Randolph

Dennis Drier

9

9.65

CLARKIES PROMISE

58.0

93

6

*J Jordaan

Alyson Wright

10

12.40

TOUCH THE MOON (AUS)

58.0

90

13

C Orffer

Duncan Howells

11

12.65

AUTUMN GOLD

58.0

97

7

J Geroudis

Sean Tarry

12

15.90

LAVERNA

56.0

91

11

M Yeni

Mike de Kock

13

99.99

I’LL BE BACK (ARG)

54.0

80

12

A Delpech

Mike de Kock

Late Scratchings

14

0.00

JO PIPER

58.0

99

9

Dennis Drier

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