Fantastic Mr Fox and Cookie Monster - Secretariat Stakes
Fantastic Mr Fox and Cookie Monster - Secretariat Stakes

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SECRETARIAT STAKES (Listed)

Turffontein, Turf, 1400m

8 December 2012

The Right Approach gelding Fantastic Mr Fox showed himself to be well above average when registering a gutsy win in the R135,000 Listed Secretariat Stakes run over 1400m at Turffontein on Saturday.

Piere Strydom took Sean Tarry’s Serissa up to lead early from King’s Bridge and Istiqraar. The eventual winner Fantastic Mr Fox and the second-placed Cookie Monster were well back at this stage.

Serissa faded disappointingly early (he was to run a shocking 37 lengths tailed off last) as Muzi Yeni took Istiqraar to the head of affairs at the 400m marker, with Victory Call and Cookie Monster unleashing their challenges

In a driving finish Fantastic Mr Fox finished with a flourish and went on best to just beat Summerhill Ready To Run graduate, the Roy Magner-trained Cookie Monster by 0,35 lengths in a time of 85,35 secs.

Fellow Summerhill Ready To Run graduate, the Gary Alexander-trained Waka Waka, stayed on well for third, while Istiqraar was one-paced in fourth.

The favourite Virtuosity jumped from the best of the draw, but could only run fifth and 2,50 lengths behind after looming up dangerously.

Secretariat Stakes (L)

Final Results

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

FANTASTIC MR FOX

60.0

86

10

F Herholdt

Paul Matchett

2

0.35

COOKIE MONSTER

57.0

80

7

JP van der Merwe

Roy Magner

3

2.25

WAKA WAKA

58.0

82

11

M Mienie

Gary Alexander

4

2.30

ISTIQRAAR

57.0

80

9

M Yeni

Mike de Kock

5

2.50

VIRTUOSITY

56.5

79

1

S Brown

Leon Erasmus

6

3.25

REGAL STRIDE

60.0

86

3

C Little

Gavin van Zyl

7

7.00

SAMMY SILVER

56.5

79

6

S Khumalo

Chris Erasmus

8

7.25

VICTORY CALL

53.5

73

5

* J Greyling

Leon Erasmus

9

9.00

TURNSTONE

56.5

79

4

R Simons

Paul Matchett

10

18.00

KING’S BRIDGE

59.5

85

2

R Danielson

Greg & Karen Anthony

11

37.00

SERISSA

59.0

84

8

P Strydom

Sean Tarry

Late Scratching

13

0.00

PEANUTS

59.5

85

5

S Chambers

Roy Magner

Extract from Sporting Post