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Grant Van Niekerk, victorious in this year’s Sun Met, enjoyed a treble when booting home a trio of winners at Durbanville on Tuesday.
Two of Van Niekerk’s winners came for Justin Snaith –trainer of 2018 Sun Met winner Oh Susanna.

The Met winning hoop enjoyed his first success on the day when scoring a comfortable win aboard the Mike Stewart trained Teutonic Knight in the second race, a maiden plate over 1250m.  A son of dual champion South African sire Silvano, Teutonic Knight appeared to enjoy the drop back in trip and romped home to defeat tote favourite Photocopy (making his first start since gelding) going away.

Van Niekerk and Snaith teamed up to win the final two races on Tuesday’s eight race meeting, with the pair landing race seven  and eight with the well bred fillies Esteemal and Summer Moon respectively.

The Avontuur Estate owned Esteemal (3yo Captain Al half-sister to Snaith trained Cup Trial winner Elusive Silva ) was rewarded for consistency when picking up her second win when victorious over 1800m, while the Greg Bortz/Braam Van Huyssteen owned Summer Moon caught the eye when storming home from off the pace to break her maiden over 1800 metres.  One of two winners on the Durbanville card sired by Silvano, Summer Moon is a half-sister to the Bortz/Van Huyssteen raced Final Fling winner Cat And The Moon.

Unfortunately, Esteemal returned making an abnormal respiratory noise.

While Snaith and Van Niekerk enjoyed a good day at the country course, their days did not get off to the best of starts when well fancied first timer Dreams Of Love, a half-sister to former champion sprinter Cataloochee, managed to beat just one runner home in the day’s opening race. Dreams Of Love, a daughter of Querari, was reported to have returned fatigued however.

Another favourite to disappoint at Durbanville on Tuesday was the Brett Crawford trained Marion Belle, who could only manage fifth place in a MR 72 handicap over 1000m. No official excuse was given for the daughter of Snitzel’s disappointing run.
The Crawford yard did not enjoy the best of days on Tuesday, with Marion Belle joining the likes of Ashfords Legacy and Due Volte as beaten fancies for the stable.

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