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Pacific Trader, Rebel Princess and Chimichuri Run rounded off a spectacular graded weekend for CTS graduates when they finished 1-2-3 in the Gr1 Computaform Sprint over 1000m at Turffontein on Champions Day.
Pacific Trader’s purple silks were seen in the firing line soon after the off as he tracked the speedy leaders Princess Rebel, Basillius and Down To Zero. Princess Rebel had a few off the bit halfway through the race, but Pacific Trader stayed in touch, gradually pulled back a few lengths on the free-striding filly and raced past her near the line to get the verdict.
Chimichuri Run also loomed up with 200m to run, but shifted sharply towards the far side running rail and may have gotten closer to winning the contest.
Pacific Trader was given a typically well-time ride by Piere Strydom, who commented: “If you have a good horse and you jump well in the Computaform Sprint the race is half won. He flew the gates.
“Brett always phones me with spare rides, I would have been in Mauritius by now but I’m glad I stayed for this one,” he said.
Asked if he enjoyed sprinting events a bit more in this advanced stage of his career, Strydom joked: “Yes, I am a two-minute noodle!”
Strydom was recently granted clearance from the Mauritius Turf Club to take up a contract with the Rameshwar Gujadhur yard. He is awaiting formal authority to leave for the island. “I haven’t heard anything further, so I am waiting.”
Crawford said: “Pacific Trader was prepared specifically for this race, he travelled well and was stabled at Randjesfontein. I want to give a special mention to Tienie Maritz, this is his first Gr1 winner.
Maritz and Freddie van Wyk own the dark bay gelding by Sail From Seattle (Ascot Stud), a R150,000 purchase from the CTS March Sale in 2016 who is now five from 11 with stakes approaching R1-million.