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RISING SUN GOLD CHALLENGE (Grade 1)
Clairwood, Turf, 1600m
13 June 2011
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.”
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)
St John Gray
Gavin van Zyl
BUY AND SELL
LION IN WINTER
Mike de Kock
Mike de Kock
BIG CITY LIFE
Extract from Racing Post