Owner of the Week
Adriaan and Rika are winners all the Way
The script for Champions Day at Turffontein on Saturday 30 April could not have been better. The van Vuurens started the day with a win in the first race on the day, a MR102 Handicap over 1600 metres which was won by Greek Legend. The four year old gelding was bred by Mr and Mrs J R Slade, Black Minnaloushe (USA) – Garland by Capture Him (USA). This was his fourth victory, all with Jean Paul vd Merwe on board. But it was the Grade 1 SA Derby that got the crowd started even before Abashiri stepped out onto the track. Whilst in the parade ring, his fan club, donned in orange and black, brought the house down. Abashiri got to the front and held on gamely to win the Derby – every person at the racecourse, and surely those who watched the spectacle at home were willing him to win. Well done to our owners of the week Adriaan and Rika van Vuuren, Mike Azzie and his team as well as Karl Zechner on winning the Triple Crown.