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Trainer Adam Marcus’ rich vein of winning form continued unabated at Kenilworth on Saturday.
Not only did Marcus win the first race with newcomer Red Rascal, but he also closed the meeting when sending out 71-20 shot Elusive Touch to win the eighth and last race.

Remarkably, Red Rascal and Elusive Touch were Adam Marcus’ only runners carded, which gave the young trainer a 100% strike rate for the day.

Marcus has now notched up five wins from his last eight runners –although he continues to seek a big owner to give him more chances in the country’s bigger races.

Red Rascal’s win was a real Marcus affair, as the gelded son of Jay Peg is owned by his breeder –former champion jockey Basil Marcus.
The gelding, punted into 9-10 favouritism before the off, impressed when running on strongly down the inside to score a debut win by 1.25 lengths and his trainer is said to hold Red Rascal in high regard.

Another horse to catch the eye on Saturday was the Andre Nel trained Silver De Lange.

One of five winners over the weekend for South Africa’s reigning champion sire Silvano, Silver De Lange overcame a barging match with stable mate Kampala Campari to score his third win from just nine outings.

His trainer suggested he would be keen to try the four-year-old gelding in some of the KZN staying feature races over the winter.

Silver De Lange, fifth in the 2017  Listed Kenilworth Cup,  is out of Zabeel mare Zabaya –herself a daughter of Danehill’s Listed SAJC Cinderella Stakes winner Turtle Bay.

G1 Investec Cape Derby fifth place finisher Spring Man did the classic form no favours when finishing a well beaten fifth, of six runners, behind Earth Hour in Saturday’s fifth race.

A change of ownership did no harm to Meliora, who impressed with a last to first maiden win in the third race, under the urgings of Piet Botha. Meliora, whose sire Twice Over and damsire Spectrum combined to win six major G1 races overseas, made his first outing  for Paul Barrett, Francis Carruthers, and Ian Robinson a winning one, when powering clear to post a 1.25 length maiden win.

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