The gelding, Lebeoana (A.P. Arrow - Arabian Magic), is a solid staying sort and the 1400m trip of his last run was on the short side.
But back to the more suitable 1800m and after Valde Velox had set a decent gallop in the non black-type feature, Lebeoana was quick to pounce and with Nicholas Patel’s claim to aid the cause he won a cracker at a generous 14-1.
Lebeoano has settled in well to the local conditions after spending his early career in KwaZulu-Natal where he was based with Garth Puller at Summerveld, from where he won twice.
He is a lot more effective in Kimberley though and apprentice Nicholas Patel rode a well judged race on Lebeoana, releasing him at the 300m and he strode away to beat the consistent race favourite Jaguar by 2,25 lengths in a time of 113,91 secs.
This was the second leg of a nicely taken double on the day for trainer Tienie Prinsloo who also saddled Sonny Bill to win a 2200m handicap by 15 lengths earlier. He implored the authorities to put on more staying races, saying there was a serious need for them.
A son of A.P. Arrow, Lebeoana was bred by Summerhill Stud and is out of the Al Mufti mare Arabian Magic – who won only once at 2600m. Lebeoana is a half-brother to Lucky Houdalakis’ half decent stayer, Noble Star (Kahal).
Lebeoana is a R90,000 2012 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale acquisition and has paid his way earning a total of R313,575 in stakes, with a bright career ahead of him in the Northern Cape.
He has now won 6 races (three on the trot shortly after arriving in Kimberley) with 7 places from 33 starts in total – 4 of his career victories have been attained from just 9 starts in Kimberley.