Trainer Vaughan Marshall has delivered three successive champions by Captain Al in the last three years and a fourth looks well on its way this year!
Jockey Anton Marcus rode his customary well-timed finish on Hugo Hattingh’s filly Temple Grafin (7-1) to win Sunday’s the Grade 3 Umzimkhulu Stakes over 1400m from the favourite Santa Clara (33-10). Another fancied runner Silvano’s Pride finished third.
Divine Odyssey, getting better as he matures
Dark Moon Rising, a R70,000 buy from the 2015 CTS March Sale, will be aimed at the R4-million Champions Challenge over 2000m at Turffontein on 4 May. This follows his game win in the Listed Kings Cup over 1600m at Greyville on Sunday under Keagan De Melo.
Trainer Johan Janse van Vuuren won the two feature races at Turffontein on Saturday with CTS buys Mardi Gras (Gr2 Senor Santa Stakes, 7-1) and Divine Odyssey (Listed Drum Star Handicap, 28-1).
Ace runner Horse Of Fortune, the CTS graduate formerly known as Strongman, has been retired after his win in the Macau Hong Kong Trophy over 1500m last Sunday.