LONSDALE STIRRUP CUP (Grade 3)
Greyville, Turf, 2400m
31 May 2014
A heart-stopping awkward final few strides failed to stop an impressive late burst by Scott Bros-bred Wild One as he made a winning debut for new trainer Mike de Kock in the Grade 3 Lonsdale Stirrup Cup at Greyville Saturday. His narrow victory over the flying Summerhill Ready To Run graduate, Gothic, and Solskjaer gelding, Shogunnar, may have presented a backdoor shout for the entry into the Vodacom Durban July.
The Gavin Van Zyl-trained Shogunnar led King Neptune and Wavin’ Flag into the straight as they fanned out for the charge to the line. Wild One had been five lengths off the leaders and in touch for most of the trip and jockey Anthony Delpech took him to the inside rail for what looked a winning charge as Shogunnar continued to plug away with Vaughan Marshall-trained Gothic storming down the middle.
At the 200 marker Wild One appeared to start hanging under pressure with Delpech changing whip hands as his mount appeared to momentarily lose his momentum and falter. In a drive to the line Wild One’s hesitation almost cost him victory but he had done enough and won by a nose in a time of 152,73 secs.
Gothic made a heartening return to better form, while Shogunnar was prominent for a long way and ran a gallant race at the weights. Alexander flew late from too far back after fighting his rider and came on to share fourth cheque under a length off the winner with Wavin’ Flag, who had every chance but nothing to offer late.
The former Jeff Freedman-trained Wild One scored a shock win on debut before going on to place in the 2013 Grade 1 SA Derby, but has been a largely frustrating horse to race since those early sunshine days. He chalked up just his third career win here in his first run for the master trainer and just a week ago was considered an optimistic July entry. He probably still is, but showed that he could still at the least develop into something competitive in other features this season.
Lonsdale Stirrup Cup (Grade 3)
|1||WILD ONE||A Delpech||Mike de Kock||52.0||1||0.0|
|2||GOTHIC||*D Dillon||Vaughan Marshall||54.5||3||0.1|
|3||SHOGUNNAR||K Shea||Gavin van Zyl||59.5||11||0.1|
|4||WAVIN' FLAG||G Hatt||Brett Crawford||53.0||2||0.9|
|5||ALEXANDER||K de Melo||Glen Kotzen||52.0||9||0.9|
|6||NO WORRIES||S Randolph||Gavin van Zyl||60.0||14||2.8|
|7||GREAT RUMPUS||M Yeni||Frank Robinson||53.5||7||3.1|
|8||GONE BABY GONE||J Mariba||Mike de Kock||52.0||10||3.3|
|9||JEPPE'S REEF||G van Niekerk||Mike Bass||58.0||5||3.5|
|10||KING NEPTUNE||S Veale||Dennis Drier||52.5||8||4.8|
|11||TRUE MASTER||A Mgudlwa||Justin Snaith||55.5||12||5.5|
|12||BARACAH||B Nyawo||Sean Tarry||57.5||6||6.8|
|13||ETON MESS||I Sturgeon||Ivan Moore||54.5||4||8.2|
|14||TRESCO||S Khumalo||Sean Tarry||52.0||13||13.0|