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An unsuccessful objection proved the talking point at Durbanville’s Wednesday meeting yesterday.
The Grant Van Niekerk ridden Chinkapin hung badly while carrying eventual runner up Destiny Duchess in Wednesday’s eighth and final race, but managed to keep going to break her maiden by half a length at the expense of the Brett Crawford trained Destiny Duchess.

Van Niekerk picked up a ten day suspension after the race, which saw both the winner and runner up become unbalanced in the closing stages.

Bred and owned by Wilgerbosdrift, Chinkapin, who helped trainer Candice Bass-Robinson open and end the meeting with a win, is a Marchfield half-sister to the yard’s Majorca winning filly Nightingale.

The 3yo, beaten an aggregate of nearly 30 lengths in her first three starts, clearly enjoyed the step up to 1800m –as her pedigree suggested she should.

Crawford, unlucky with Destiny Duchess, had better luck when his Bobby Dazzler, owned by Ross and Craig Kieswetter, made it back to back wins in race three.
Despite being slow into stride, Bobby Dazzler, who raced well off the pace, produced an impressive turn of foot under jockey Greg Cheyne to fly up late for an impressive 0.4length win at the expense of the Joey Ramsden trained Blow In The Box, who made a creditable return to the track after a four month layoff.

A son of Irish champion Pathfork, Bobby Dazzler is now unbeaten in two starts at Durbanville.

The same race saw R6 million yearling buy Silver Coin, who had beaten his stablemate Blow In The Box when making a winning debut, make his eagerly awaited return to the track, but the son of Silvano never threatened in the 1200m race and eventually finished with just two behind him.


Apprentice Louis Burke, fresh off riding a double at Durbanville on Saturday, made it three wins from his last two race meetings at the country course when booting Essenceoflife, one of three Glen Kotzen trained runners in the field, in the fourth race.

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