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A tilt at the G2 Diadem Stakes could be on the cards for Sergeant Hardy, who made all to register his sixth career win in a star-studded pinnacle stakes at Kenilworth on Tuesday.
The son of bang in-form, but sadly deceased sire Captain Al has had well documented breathing problems but this failed to prevent the Justin Snaith trained gelding from downing some well regarded opponents at the Cape’s mid-week meeting.

One of four winners on the day for a rampant Bernard Fayd-Herbe, Sergeant Hardy kept going gamely in the 1200m to down Kuda Sprint winner Bold Respect by 0.4 of a length, with Al Mariachi back in third.
Bold Respect will bid for more sales race success when contesting the Lanzerac Ready To Run Stakes this month, while G3 Umhkomzi Stakes winner Al Marachi could again take on older opponents in the G2 Cape Merchants.

Top weight Search Party (a stable mate to the runner up and third home), who was conceding 1.5kgs to the winner, also caught the eye back in fourth place.

Fayd-Herbe had previously completed a feature race double over the weekend, when booting home Snowdance and Nebula to land the G2 Western Cape Fillies Championship and Listed Sunshine Sweepstake Algoa Cup.

Sergeant Hardy aside, the jockey’s other wins on the day came aboard World Mission (race 3) and Midnight Moonlight.
He also steered the impressive looking Red Ginger to score in Tuesday’s second race, a FM86 divided handicap, where Bernard Kantor’s four-year-old Elusive Fort filly stayed on smartly to account for favourite, and Winter Oaks runner up, Leaves Of Grass by a length.

Veronica Foulkes, who bred Sergeant Hardy (she also part owns the four-year-old with her son Oscar), will offer nine lots, and a further 19 as agent, at this month’s CTS Ready To Run Sale. The Normandy draft includes none other than a Dynasty half-sister to Sergeant Hardy, and she looks bound to find favour with buyers.

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