Juxtapose - Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic (Gr1)

The Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic produced a major upset as 50-1 shot Juxtapose ran on strongly down the outside of the track to get up close home and touch off 8-10 favourite Negroamaro by 0.40 lengths with She’s A Dragon (14-1) the same distance back in third. Fourth place went to KwaZulu-Natal visitor Princess Varunya, who looked a likely winner 400m from home.

Those who heeded comments made by trainer Stanley Ferreira in Friday’s Racing Express will not have left Juxtapose out of any bet. “She has run close in these types of fields from bad draws and we are expecting her to be right there,” he said.

After the race Ferreira confirmed the daughter of Judpot would now be aimed at the Wilgerbosdrift SA Oaks. The race also turned out to be a milestone for jockey Chase Maujean who also had his first Grade 1 victory.

Gauteng Fillies Guineas winner Heaps Of Fun was up with the pace fading late, but jockey S’manga Khumalo said she was changing legs continually and the vet reported she was coughing. Her defeat means there will not be a Wilgerbosdrift Triple Tiara winner this year.

Sean Tarry might not have won either of the two Classics but he did have five winners on the day, including in the other Grade 1 race on the card, the HF Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes, where Legal Eagle scored a 3.50-length victory over defending champion Captain America with New Predator third.

Anton Marcus was a reluctant leader on Legal Eagle as the pace was a crawl around the turn but as they came for home Gavin Lerena shocked his opposition by taking New Predator into a clear lead. However, on the Standside track there was still a lot of straight to go and Legal Eagle came back to win decisively.

“I think Gavin did us a favour by speeding it up,” said Tarry. “Had he gone a little later he may have had us worried. “What I can’t understand is you had two confirmed gallopers in the field and they are both sitting off the pace, which doesn’t make sense. Anyway, I’m not going to complain from the No 1 box.”

Extract from Tab News