Former champion South African trainer Sean Tarry dominated proceedings in the inaugural Klawervlei Farm Sale Stakes, run over 1250m at Durbanville on Saturday.
Tarry runners, Rock The Globe and Immeasurable, ran one-two in the R225 000 race, which was open only to graduates of the 2018 Klawervlei Farm Sale.
Original favourite Immeasurable drifted out to 3-1, as his stablemate, and the eventual winner, attracted betting support to jump a 22-10 tote favourite.
Immeasurable went out to make the running and kept going gallantly, but was no match for Rock The Globe, whose turn of foot took him clear of his stablemate, and the Seventh Rock sired two-year-old drew off to record a two and a half length win over Immeasurable, with the first two home both carrying the colours of owner Chris Van Niekerk (van Niekerk owning Rock The Globe in partnership with the Sham family).
Runner up to Ground Control on debut, Rock The Globe is a half-brother to a number of winners, notably short-lived CTS Million Dollar winner Illuminator.
Rock The Globe was ridden to victory by Aldo Domeyer, who described his winner as “the real deal and a horse with a lovely action” in the post-race interview.
Domeyer, whose trio of winners on Saturday also included Dynamite Jack in the eighth and final race,
also booted home first-timer Lana Belle to win for trainer Adam Marcus and owner-breeder Lammerskraal Stud in the third race, a maiden plate for fillies and mares over 1250m.
A 3yo daughter of successful Oasis Dream stallion Querari (whose 2yo daughter Ferrari Red had romped home to victory in the first race on Saturday), the well-bred Lana Belle (her dam won the then G2 Majorca Stakes) looked most impressive in recording a three and a quarter length win at the first time of asking.
In the process, Lana Belle downed 5-10 favourite Boomps A Daisy, rumoured to be the best bet on the card.
Boomps A Daisy’s trainer Brett Crawford, while tasting defeat in Saturday’s third race, still enjoyed a good day at the country course on Saturday, with Crawford saddling Camelot sired 2yo Finding Camelot to win the second race and Scribner, an own brother to the yard’s former champion Futura, to land the fourth race.