The Duncan Howells-trained Easy Lover (Right Approach) had proved his class last time out when beating some useful older horses in a handicap over 1200m, despite being an early three-year-old running off a merit rating of 92. The KZN Guineas Trial (L) Sunday at Greyville was the first time he had raced over further than 1450m.
After sitting at the back of the field initially, it looked as though Stuart Randolph had dropped Easy Lover into the race at the 200m mark. He went on to win effortlessly by 2,5 lengths from the Mike de Kock-trained favourite Trip To Rio (Trippi) and the Mike Miller-trained Melson (Miesque's Approval). The Charles Laird-trained second favourite Split To Breeze (Brave Tin Soldier) was next best with the promising Jeff Freedman-trained Rif Raf (Royal Air Force) beaten into fifth.
Duncan Howells does not believe Easy Lover is quite Group 1 class however and will instead be aiming him at a Cape Thoroughbred Sales R2,5 million Sales Race at Turffontein in February.
Extracts from Gold Circle/Gold Circle (p)