Double for Kotzen, Puller
Published: 14 March 2013
Kenilworth’s Wednesday race meeting proved a happy one for Cape trainer Glen Kotzen and jockey Christopher Puller.
Kotzen sent out two winners, while Puller also pulled off a double with Sunday Sun (Spectrum – Next Edition) and Moonlight Gambler (Indigo Magic – Aigrette).
Glen’s first winner came with promising 2yo Eye of the Panther (Eyeofthetiger – Pretty Lisa) who out fought the fancied pair of Chanel Five and Princess Cleo to win a maiden juvenile plate over 1400 metres.
His second winner came with Victory Cruise (Victory Moon – Cruise Line), whose score in the seventh race also provided his sire, the ill-fated Victory Moon, with a double on the day. Victory Moon’s son, Tippuana Moon, made it a hatrick of wins for owner/breeder Drakenstein Stud.
Earlier on the day, Sunday Sun gave owner Judy Van Lear her first winner, when beating some well bred juveniles in the first race. A son of Spectrum, Sunday Sun, also owned by Braam van Huyssten and Judy’s brother Geoff, is being aimed at the R1 000 000 race on July day by trainer Greg Ennion.
The day’s easiest winner came in the form of the Justin Snaith trained Bobby James (Fort Wood – Excelsa), who slaughtered a weak looking field in the afternoon’s fifth race to win by nearly six lengths.
While he may not have beaten much, Bobby James could hardly have won any easier. It is not often one sees a horse win by 5.75 lengths over 1000 metres! Owned and bred by the Fosters, Bobby James is a son of Fort Wood – not sire whose progeny tend to be found in sprint races.