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Jockey Aldo Domeyer enjoyed a day to remember at Kenilworth on Saturday when not only booting home a treble on the card, but riding his 100th winner of the 2017-2018 season.

Domeyer reached the 100 win mark when he scored aboard Mixed Signals in the first race. A daughter of Gimmethegreenlight, and half-sister to a colt who was knocked down to the Hong Kong Jockey Club for R3.3 million at the 2018 National Sale, Mixed Signals was all the rage following a smart debut effort when second to promising stable mate Santa Clara on debut.

The Candice Bass-Robinson trained filly made no mistakes, however, on Saturday, and ran out a convincing one and a quarter length winner of the maiden juvenile plate for fillies.

Domeyer and Bass-Robinson went on to score a juvenile double when 6-10 shot Russet Air obliged in the third race. The Brian and Kathy Finch owned gelding, a really big two-year-old, was made to work for victory by stable mate More Magic but stayed on resolutely to score a 0.4 of a length win.  A son of the Mike Bass trained champion sprinter What A Winter, Russet Air is out of former Equus Champion Icy Air and is a half-brother to exported Premier Trophy winner Icy Trail. Not a horse who shows much at home apparently, Russet Air was beaten on debut by yet another talented Bass-Robinson trained 2yo in the form of Machiavelli.

Bass-Robinson and Domeyer, who would go on to score on Blue Flower in race four, went close to winning the first three races on the card, with the pair’s Frozen Tune going under narrowly, to Watch Me Dad, in the second.

Sadly veteran trainer Ronnie Sheehan was not on course to lead his promising two-year-old Watch Me Dad win Saturday’s second race. Ronnie and wife Jackie are both apparently in hospital.

A son of SA Derby winner Elusive Fort, Watch Me Dad caught the eye when weaving through horses and running on strongly to shed his maiden at just the second time of asking. His dam Lola Bud was raced by the Sheehans to win four times.

Few horses on the card cost less than Metorite, who won race five for trainer and part-owner Piet Steyn.
The latter, who owns Saturday’s winner in partnership with Bryn Ressell, had to outlay just R15 000 to acquire Metorite, who fought on gamely to land the second win of his career –and push his earnings to over R110 000 in the process.

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