Trainer Coenie de Beer has traipsed South Africa with his one good horse in search of a Grade 1 and it paid off handsomely at Scottsville Saturday. Talktothestars (11-2), racing ‘barefoot’, defying top weight and his pedigree landed the Grade 1 Tsogo Sun Sprint over 1200m. The win was also the first Grade 1 for De Beer.
Piere Strydom, recently back from an extended injury break, rode the perfect race, tracking the pace before accelerating up the inside fence to win under hands and heels. African Ruler tried hard up the centre but proved no match for the winner while Exelero was the first of the fancied runners home in third.
“What a lovely temperament this horse has, “said Strydom. “He tried to buck me off going to the start. First he didn’t want to canter, but he went into the stalls and stood quietly and he just travelled in the race. I felt really good going through the 400 but I always thought that something that was well handicapped might come and grab us with 60 on our back but he just kept on plugging away."
Extract from Gold Circle