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Owner of the Week

Team Wernars had a good week

Jarryd and Laurence Wernars were selected as the RA Owners of the Week following an exceptionally good week producing four winners.

Racing at the Vaal on 6 March proved successful with Green Haze winning the 1st race on the card. The Alec Laird trained two year old colt, ridden by Jockey K de Melo won a Maiden Juvenile Plate over 1000 metres first time out. He was bred at Lammerskraal Stud – Gimmethegreenlight (Aus) – Mizzen Mist by Western Winter (USA).

Later in the day My Favourite Brown (AUS), a five year old gelding produced his fourth career win in a MR72 Handicap over 1800 metres under the ride of Gavin Lerena.

On Saturday 10 March racing was held at Turffontein Racecourse and a delighted Laurence Wernars was on hand to accept two bonus cheques of R20 000 when winning RA bonus races. Humble Addict, a three year old gelding won a Maiden Plate over 1160 metres was ridden to victory by Gavin Lerena. Divine Odyssey (owned in partnership with BR Binnie and MC Gerber) won a Maiden Plate over 1400 metres. The three year old gelding was bred by Laurence Wernars – Oratorio (IRE) – Divine Right – Dynasty. He was ridden by Gunter Wrogemann.

My Favourite Brown, Humble Addict and Divine Odyssey are from the Johan Janse van Vuuren stable.

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Australian colt Ready To Attack stamped himself as a horse to follow next season when scoring an emphatic win in Saturday’s Gr3 Langerman at Kenilworth.

Receiving weight from all of his eight rivals, Ready To Attack was the only maiden in the race, won previously by such champions as Prince Florimund and Variety Club. Nonetheless, he put up a smart performance, and after the win, champion trainer Justin Snaith was quick to suggest Guineas aspirations for his promising colt.

Racing green around the bend, the handsome Ready To Attack (one of the picks in the paddock) was well off the early pace set by longshot Larimar.

However, with 200m left to run it was anyone’s race, with all of Lord Marshal, Ernie and Macduff challenging strongly. Ready To Attack was making up ground down the inside rail and under a strong ride from Richard Fourie duly got up to win by a length and three quarters.

Unfortunately, Ready To Attack, owned by Markus and Ingrid Jooste in partnership with Hassen Adams, also lived up to his name after the race, when lashing out and connecting with jockey MJ Byleveld’s leg, resulting in Byleveld requiring eight stitches.  Subsequently stood down for the remainder of the card, Byleveld is hoping to make a return to the saddle in the next two weeks.

The former AUS$200 000 yearling buy is one of two highly rated More Than Ready colts for the Snaith stable and part owner Hassen Adams, with the combination also responsible for recent maiden winner More Than Grand, viewed by connections as a potential Investec Cape Derby contender.

The Langerman certainly lacks nothing in the pedigree department. Not only is Ready To Attack one of 144 stakes winners for leading sire More Than Ready, but he is out of the New Zealand G1 winner Gaze, whose sire Cape Cross is the sire of the 2015 Investec Derby winner Golden Horn.

Ready To Attack also provided last season’s champion trainer Justin Snaith with his first of two feature race wins on Saturday. Snaith also saddled the Greg Bortz/Braam Van Huyssteen owned Cat And The Moon to land the Listed Winter Oaks.

A half sister to Moonrise Sensation, a Var colt who for sold at this year’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale, Cat And The Moon dug down deep in closing stages of the 2200m feature to hold off a late challenge from the consistent filly Moonsong Magic, and prevailed by a head under a typically good ride from Richard Fourie.
Sadly, the latter will soon be lost to local racing fans, with Richard set to enjoy a stint in Hong Kong later this year.

It was a second feature race win for Black Minnnaloushe’s daughter Cat And The Moon, with the courageous 3yo having now prevailed in four of her 15 outings to date.

Saturday was also a memorable day for prominent owner Braam Van Huyssteen, as the part owner of all of Cat And The Moon, Gr3 Langerman runner up Lord Marshall and Ladies Mile second place finisher Petty Officer.

Saturday was also a good day for Drakenstein Stud and their resident sire Trippi. The latter was responsible for a pair of feature race winners on the card, in the form of Ladies Mile heroine Lanner Falcon and Gr3 Winter Derby winner Liquid Mercury respectively. And, while Liquid Mercury is likely to be put away now, his paternal half-sister, and former Gr1 Avontuur Estate Cape Fillies Guineas second, Lanner Falcon, could be aimed at the Gr3 Champagne Stakes next before possibly retiring to her birthplace – Drakenstein Stud.

The ultra consistent Lanner Falcon, who prior to Saturday had placed in nine feature races without winning one, also provided trainer Mike Bass with his 100th win of the season.

Saturday’s other feature, the Listed Irridescence Stakes, was won by top weight Anglet, who prevailed in a ding-dong finish with Nordic Wind, and prevailed by a short head. Now a winner of three of her four outings to date, the Paddy Kruyer trained Anglet is likely to be pointed towards a tilt at next season’s Avontuur Estate Cape Fillies Guineas.

Remarkably, Anglet is the sole runner thus far for her millionaire sire Biarritz, who could hardly have made a better start to his stud career!

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