Dancewiththedevil wins Rising Sun Gold Challenge
Dancewiththedevil wins Rising Sun Gold Challenge

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RISING SUN GOLD CHALLENGE (Grade 1)

Clairwood, Turf, 1600m

13 June 2011

Michael Clower Racing Post
Michael Clower Racing Post

Michael Clower

Racing PostDancewiththedevil, trained by St John Gray and piloted by jockey Gavin Lerena won her third Grade 1 over 1600m inside 12 weeks, when coming from last to first in the final two furlongs to beat Bravura by a head.

The four-year-old was taken out of the Vodacom Durban July at last week’s forfeit stage but her owner-breeder-trainer St John Gray had no regrets.

He said: “I know some people are a bit disappointed but it was quite clear from her last run over the tough 2000 metres at Turffontein that she doesn’t have the same finish over the longer stretch so we will keep her to a mile. Hopefully next year she will see out the 2000 metres.”

Gavin Lerena, explaining his exaggerated waiting tactics - he was 14 lengths off the pace turning for home - said: “Mr Gray told me that you can’t bustle heralong. You’ve just got to let her do what she wants, and I was three lengths behind the second-last horse. But she is a phenomenal filly - every time I asked her for an effort she gave it to me.”

Gray added: “The only thing worrying me was that it looked a moderate pace - but clearly it wasn’t.”

Bravura was the only one of the leading Vodacom Durban July candidates to boost his cause.

Past Master, who started 5-2 favourite here, was in trouble turning for home and finished ninth, over nine lengths behind the winner. Big City Life fared even worse, finishing last.

RISING SUN GOLD CHALLENGE (Gr1)

Final Result

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

DANCEWITHTHEDEVIL

57.5

113

7

G Lerena

St John Gray

2

0.15

BRAVURA

60.0

110

1

A Marcus

Joey Ramsden

3

3.15

BULSARA

60.0

105

3

R Danielson

Gavin van Zyl

4

3.20

CASTLETHORPE (AUS)

58.5

105

6

K Neisius

Mike Bass

5

3.25

BUY AND SELL

60.0

110

9

S Khumalo

Sean Tarry

6

3.30

BLUE TIGER

60.0

107

4

A Domeyer

Mike Bass

7

3.40

LION IN WINTER

60.0

108

10

G Hatt

Joey Ramdsen

8

6.15

RUSHING WIND

60.0

107

2

M Odendaal

Mike Bass

9

9.40

PAST MASTER

60.0

115

8

G Schlechter

Darryl Hodgson

10

10.40

CAPTAIN’S WILD

60.0

108

12

A Delpech

Mike de Kock

11

15.65

KAVANAGH

58.5

106

11

K Shea

Mike de Kock

12

15.90

BIG CITY LIFE

60.0

114

5

A Fortune

Glen Kotzen

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