Camphoratus, a 66-1 raider from KwaZulu-Natal, was the shock winner of the HSH Princess Charlene Empress Club Stakes on Royal Day at Turffontein.
Mauritzfontein’s handsome Ideal World recently produced his third Gr1 winner in South Africa when Samurai Warrior won the SA Derby and reinforced his reputation as a serious sire of Classic horses. A R50 000 graduate off the CTS Select Yearling Sale, he has earned over R1,3-million in stakes.
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.
Some top horses have raced in the colours of Mary Liley, one the springs to mind being Queen’s Plate and Champion Stakes winner Bold Monarch back in 1979. She has had some good horses since but none as good, until maybe Sunday.
Champion Return Flight (Pomodoro) ventured into uncharted waters when asked to go the 2400m trip for the first time in the Gr.2 SA Oaks. Imbued with an abundance of class, she passed the test with flying colours by slamming her rivals in convincing fashion.