ALLAN ROBERTSON CHAMPIONSHIP (Grade 1)
Scottsville, Turf, 1200m
24 May 2014
Trainer Mike de Kock’s chances of winning the Allan Robertson Championship might have diminished when hot ante-post favourite Majmu had to be scratched from the race due to a virus, but South Africa’s ruling Champion Trainer won the race anyway with 12-1 Australian import Alboran Sea (Rock Of Gibraltar) and also saddled the third horse past the post in better-fancied One Fine Day (Trippi). Well-backed Rich Girl (Rock Of Gibraltar) split them and favourite Balkan (Horse Chestnut) finished unplaced.
Jockey Muzi Yeni, who is currently fourth on the national jockeys’ log, had Alboran Sea in fourth alongside Arria (Antonius Pius) and Rich Girl as Balkan set the pace just ahead of Seven Whispers (Seventh Rock) and Flame Cat (Tale Of The Cat). One Fine Day was on Alboran Sea’s heels.
Yeni found himself with nowhere to go behind Balkan, with Flame Cat and Cotton Candy (Trippi) on either side of him as Rich Girl launched a successful challenge for the lead. However, at the 200m marker, Balkan started fading and a gap materialised. Within a matter of strides Alboran Sea had the race at her mercy.
She went on to win by 2.25 lengths from the Summerhill Ready To Run graduate, Rich Girl, with One Fine Day running on strongly for third. The rest were well beaten and Balkan finished ninth, more than 11 lengths behind the winner.
It was the Mary Slack and Michael Javett-owned filly’s second win in as many starts and she looks nearly as special as her hot stablemate Majmu.
Allan Robertson Championship (Grade 1)
|1||ALBORAN SEA||M Yeni||Mike de Kock||58.0||2||0.0|
|2||RICH GIRL||A Marcus||Charles Laird||58.0||11||2.2|
|3||ONE FINE DAY||B Fayd'Herbe||Mike de Kock||58.0||1||2.5|
|4||ROSIER||S Randolph||Glen Kotzen||58.0||7||6.5|
|5||FLAME CAT||G Lerena||Mike Azzie||58.0||12||8.2|
|6||SHAHRASAL||A Delpech||Mike de Kock||58.0||4||8.8|
|7||LADY KY||S Khumalo||Mike Azzie||58.0||9||8.9|
|8||SEVEN WHISPERS||M Odendaal||Barend Botes||58.0||5||10.1|
|9||BALKAN||S Cormack||Dennis Drier||58.0||8||11.9|
|10||MISS ARGENTINA||K Shea||Duncan Howells||58.0||13||12.6|
|11||ARRIA||R Fourie||Justin Snaith||58.0||15||14.1|
|12||WHISTLING WONDER||* D Dillon||Michael Roberts||58.0||6||16.6|
|13||COTTON CANDY||G van Niekerk||Justin Snaith||58.0||3||16.7|
|14||MILLENIUM REIGN||W Marwing||Sean Tarry||58.0||10||23.5|
|15||FLYING LOOT||P Strydom||Paul Lafferty||58.0||14||31.2|
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