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Despite proving keen early on in, and coming off the bit during around the final turn, 5-8 favourite Magnificent Seven proved too good for his field when running out a convincing winner of the Listed Settlers Trophy at Durbanville on Saturday.

The Nick Jonsson owned four-year-old made it win number five, and his first feature race win, from his last six outings when downing Ballad Of The Sea and fellow 11-1 shot Sister Soozie to score by a length and a half.

Yet another success for in-form pair of Justin Snaith and Richard Fourie, Magnificent Seven was originally being aimed towards the Aloga Cup but connections are reportedly unsure of whether that son of Horse Chestnut will take that Eastern Cape feature in following Saturday’s effort.

Magnificent Seven’s win also continued a successful year for breeders Sandown Stud, with breeder James Armitage responsible for breeding another talented Horse Chestnut sired runner in the form of Brave Move, whose six race winning streak includes both the G3 Final Fling Stakes and Listed Ladies Mile. 

Saturday proved a memorable day for trainer Dan Katz, who saddled his first double for owner Hassen Adams when sending out Skye Lane and China Wolf to win races two and eight respectively. Pathfork filly Skye Lane could now be pointed towards the CTS 1200m on Sun Met day next year, with the 3yo catching the eye with her comfortable one and a quarter length maiden win over paternal half-sister Secret Path.

Another filly to impress on Saturday with a smart looking maiden victory was Jackson daughter Water Spirit, despite proving somewhat reluctant to load.
Out of a winning Western Winter half-sister to ill-fated Classic winner Divine Jury, the 3yo filly had appeared unlucky not to make a winning debut when going down narrowly over 1200m at Kenilworth in August. However, it was a different story on Saturday, with the classically bred Water Spirit bounding clear to win as she liked by a length and a quarter.

Like her  triple G1 winning sire himself, Water Spirit hails from the yard of trainer Brett Crawford. The latter also saddled Lanzerac Ready To Run Sales hope Vascostreettractor to break his duck when romping home to a visually impressive four and three quarter length win in Saturday’s first race.

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