Jockey Anton Marcus made a triumphant return to Kenilworth for retainers Ridgemont Highlands when he booted home Australian fillies Boomps A Daisy and Run Fox Run to impressive victories at Kenilworth on Wednesday.
Zoustar filly Boomps A Daisy, had been a desperately unlucky loser when a fast finishing second on debut, and then appeared not to enjoy Durbanville when third next time out. The 3yo, however, made no mistakes on Wednesday, when the Brett Crawford trained Boomps A Daisy cruised home, as smooth as silk, to score a hands and heels, by 3.25 lengths over 1000m, as the 6-10 tote favourite.
While Boomps A Daisy did not perhaps beat the strongest field around, there was plenty to like about the ease of her win, and she could well improve off this win.
She is a first South African winner for her sire Zoustar, whose victories in Australia included a pair of G1 wins in the Coolmore Stud Stakes and Golden Rose respectively.
Stablemate Run Fox Run, defied a 7 point penalty, oozed class when she cantered home to land the Interbet.co.za 0861 150 160 FM 91 divided Handicap over 1200m on Wednesday, with Marcus having time to look back at his wilting opponents. The winner was eased down over the closing stages, with Marcus taking it very easy on the Crawford trained filly.
A daughter of Foxwedge, Run Fox Run is likely to spend the winter months and she looks sure to add to her perfect record of three wins from three starts!
Talented filly Lesedi La Rona, unbeaten in 2 starts at two, was not disgraced when finishing 3.25 lengths off Run Fox Run –while making her first start since October last year.
In contrast to Marcus’ success, jockey Craig Zackey picked up a seven day suspension when bringing home Vardy to win the Tellytrack.com 3-Year-Old MR 95 handicap on Wednesday. Zackey’s incorrect use of the stick caused eventual runner up Russet Air to be boxed and squeezed by two runners (Trip To The Sky making Russet Air the meat in the proverbial sandwich as it were), with Marcus almost coming down on fourth place finisher Arabian Air.
For all that, there was plenty to like about Vardy’s victory, with the gelded son of Var (and half-brother to East Cape Oaks winner Eros’s Girl) scoring his third win (from just five starts) despite having to carry 61.5kgs on his back, with the Adam Marcus trained 3yo also making his first start since January.
Vardy’s victory will also be a sweet win for Klawervlei Stud, who (as agent) will be offering a Dynasty half-brother to Wednesday’s controversial winner at the 2019 National Sale this month.