Wagner wins the Sansui Summer Cup
Wagner wins the Sansui Summer Cup

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SANSUI SUMMER CUP (Grade 1)

Turffontein, Turf, 2000m

1 December 2012

Punters were left stunned when 16-1 chance Wagner (Tiger Ridge) triumphed under leaden skies in the R2-million Grade 1 Sansui Summer Cup at Turffontein on Saturday.

Trained by Turffontein conditioner Joe Soma and brilliantly ridden by S’manga Khumalo, Wagner led from soon after the start and held off several challenges in the finishing stretch.

The 50-1 shot Shogunnar (Solskjaer) was less than a length adrift in second place, with Ilsanpietro (Brz) (Mark of Esteem) (35-1) in third and Astro News (Silvano) (28-1) running on for fourth.

With odds like that, it is little surprise that the Quartet paid a cool R 941,509.60, with a R6,480 carryover. The Trifecta yielded R26,316.00.

While the shock result and teeming rain took a smidgeon of festivity out of the large, pink-clad Turffontein crowd, there was much emotion and celebration in the winning enclosure. Soma is one of the most popular figures in racing, while there was added poignancy from the fact that the trainer’s wife passed away a few months ago.

Owners Ingrid and Markus Jooste’s silks were to the fore from the start, with their two runners, Wagner and Vettel (Know Heights), showing up as the field left the 2000m gates. Behind them came Ilha Bela (Fort Wood), Ilsanpietro, Whiteline Fever (Right Approach), Zambucca (Lundy’s Liability), Smanjemanje (Kahal), Brooks-Club (Strike Smartly) and Pierre Jourdan (Parade Leader).

Favourite Mujaarib (Nadeem) was some 10 lengths back coming off the bend and never looked like threatening for honours. Astro News was almost last throughout, only flying up late to claim fourth spot.

First Ilsanpietro threw out a challenge to the leader; then it was Shogunnar and Zambucca. But the flying Wagner and Khumalo dug down deep and prevailed.

This and some other big results saw the Pick 6 paying R1.7-million and the Place Accumulator R66,251.80. The Jackpot paid R4,654.90.

Sansui Summer Cup (Grade 1)

Final Results

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

WAGNER

52.5

96

11

S Khumalo

Joe Soma

2

0.50

SHOGUNNAR

54.0

99

1

M Odendaal

Gavin van Zyl

3

1.00

ILSANPIETRO (BRZ)

57.5

105

20

G Lerena

Mike de Kock

4

1.25

ASTRO NEWS

55.5

102

10

M Yeni

Brian Wiid

5

2.50

ZAMBUCCA

58.0

107

18

K Zechner

Saeed Mohideen

6

2.75

WHITELINE FEVER

59.0

109

14

B Fayd’Herbe

Sean Tarry

7

3.50

VETTEL (ARG)

57.0

105

5

A Marcus

Mike de Kock

8

3.75

PIERRE JOURDAN

58.0

106

13

P Strydom

Gary Alexander

9

5.00

SILENT PARTNER

52.0

94

12

R Danielson

Mike de Kock

10

5.50

SMANJEMANJE

59.0

108

3

G van Niekerk

Tyrone Zackey

11

6.00

SOUL MASTER

57.5

105

2

M Mienie

Geoff Woodruff

12

7.25

MUJAARIB (AUS)

53.5

98

8

G Hatt

Mike de Kock

13

7.50

ILHA BELA

54.5

100

19

A Delpech

Mike de Kock

14

10.00

KNOCK ON WOOD

55.0

100

16

S Brown

Ormond Ferraris

15

10.25

BROOKS-VLUB

55.0

101

7

R Fradd

Mike Azzie

16

17.50

SILVER FLYER

57.5

106

15

K Shea

Mike de Kock

17

17.75

CHESALON

60.0

110

9

G Schlechter

Mike Azzie

18

20.00

SAGE THRONE

57.5

105

6

S Cormack

Colin Scott

19

99.99

EMPANOSO HENN (ARG)

57.5

105

17

D David

Mike de Kock

20

99.99

GOLDEN CREST

56.0

103

4

M Van Rensburg

Geoff Woodruff

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