Click above to watch Delago Deluxe winning the Tsogo Sun Maverick Medallion (Gr1)
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TSOGO SUN MAVERICK MEDALLION (Grade 1)
Scottsville, Turf, 1200m
28 May 2011
Gold CircleThe Tsogo Sun Maverick was won impressively by the Charles Laird-trained Australian-bred Delago Deluxe, considering he is looking for further than this trip.
Both Laird and owners Markus and Ingrid Jooste gained a one-two as Tennessee Strategy stayed on well for second after showing pace throughout. Jockey Anton Marcus had to really get to work on Delago Deluxe at about the 400m mark, but the further they went the better he got and he won by 2,25 lengths. The horse he had touched off in the SA Nursery, Midnight Serenade, finished third ahead of Storm Bringer and Hard Rock.
Laird has now won this race four times and has gained three runner up spots. John Koster and Grant Knowles of Klawervlei Stud are already excited about Delago Deluxe’s stallion potential as he will become the only son of Encosta De Lago (AUS) standing in South Africa. “His name was on the stallion door as they came through the 200m,” quipped Knowles. Delago Deluxe has a tremendous female line and is in-bred to a top class mare called Rolls.
TSOGO SUN MAVERICK MEDALLION (Gr1)
DELAGO DELUXE (AUS)
TENNESSEE STRATEGY (AUS)
FIGHTING WARRIOR (AUS)
SOWETO SLEW (AUS)
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