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Former Gold Medallion winner Sand And Sea picked up his first win since landing the 2017 Tsogo Gold Medallion when victorious at Kenilworth on Saturday.
One of two winners on the card sired by European champion Twice Over, the four-year-old was held up off the early pace in the Tab Telebet 0861 000 822 progress plate, over 1200m, before storming home to post a decisive two and a quarter length win over 9-1 shot Clipper Captain.

Sophomore Sprint winner and favourite Pleasedtomeetyou faded out after making the running to finish a well beaten fourth, 4.7 lengths off the impressive Sand And Sea.

Gelding and a wind operation appear to have made the difference for the Drakenstein Stud bred four-year-old, who appeared to have the world at his feet after an unbeaten two-year-old campaign.

Sand And Sea, ridden to victory by Anton Marcus –the only jockey to have ridden the Bernard Kantor, Jack Mitchell and Marsh Shirtliff owned gelding, also continued the good run of success that KZN trainer Dennis Drier is enjoying in the Cape this season thus far.

Another horse to catch the eye at Kenilworth on Saturday was 3yo filly Nous Voila, who made all to win the fifth race, the Play Soccer 6,10 and 13 Progress Plate over 1200m.
One of three winners on the day for her sire Judpot, Nous Voila kept galloping strongly over the closing stages to stay on and beat tote favourite, and recent G2 Western Cape Fillies Championship runner up Temple Grafin by an emphatic two and a quarter lengths. Dropped back in trip after an unplaced run in the Fillies Championship, the Jagessar Ltd bred and owned filly had impressed at two when winning on debut and was narrowly beaten into second place in last season’s Listed Perfect Promise Sprint.

Nous Voila is from an exceptional family, with her Street Cry sired dam Zosma a daughter of French champion and G1 Prix Marcel Boussac winner Denebola.

Champion trainer Justin Snaith is seldom without a winner during the Cape Summer Season and Snaith enjoyed a treble at Kenilworth’s Saturday meeting, with his third and fourth race winners, Ladder Man and Belgarion, both impressing as bright future prospects.

Ladder Man, the top lot sold off the 2017 KZN Yearling Sale where he made R800 000, looked likely to be scratched when he bolted the course (with subsequent scratching Amazing Satchmo) but trainer Justin Snaith sent him back to the start.
Always prominent, the gelded Twice Over 3yo showed his appreciation of a step up to 1600m with  a strong two length maiden win –albeit under a driving ride from Richard Fourie, who dug deep to coax more out of the tote favourite.

Fourie went on to steer Belgarion home to win the fourth race, with that Dynasty 3yo colt flying up from off the pace to score a fluent two and three quarter length win in the Betting World 087 741 2777 MR 71 handicap for owner-breeders Alec and Gillian Foster. An own brother to the useful Qing, Belgarion is now unbeaten in two starts, having shed his maiden on debut when scoring over 1200m earlier in the month.

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