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The Adam Marcus trained Vardy showed his class when powering home to land the fifth race at Kenilworth on Wednesday-taking his record to two wins from as many outings in the process.

A 3yo gelded son of Var, Vardy defied his inexperience when running out a convincing winner of the Play Soccer 6,10 And 13 MR 80 handicap over 1400m by a length and a quarter over tote favourite Meraki.

Ridden by Craig Zackey, Vardy had made a winning debut when accounting for Northern Spy (subsequently unplaced) over 1200m at the beginning of the month.

A tilt at one of the CTS $500 000 races on Sun Met day is now on the cards for the Bernard Kantor, Greg Blank, Jimmy Sarkis and Darryl Yutar owned Vardy –who was a R400 000 buy from the 2017 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.

A half-brother to East Cape Oaks winner Eros’s Girl, the well related Vardy is out of Cupid- a full-sister to multiple G1 winner Ebony Flyer and half-sister to Equus Champion and French G3 winner Captain’s Lover.

Vardy was one of two winners on Wednesday for Craig Zackey, who also booted home the Glen Kotzen trained Glamorous Life to win the second race.

Wednesday’s meeting also saw an impressive performance from the Candice Bass-Robinson trained Nao Faz Mal who defied a drop back in trip to run out an easy maiden winner (by four and a quarter lengths) of the first race.
Owned by Bryn Ressell and Marshall Shirtliff, the gelded 3yo came from off the pace and mowed down front runner Salt and favourite Via Salaria to win in taking fasion.

The well bred Nao Faz Mal, whose dam won both the G3 Umzimkhulu Stakes and G3 Kenilworth Fillies Nursery, is a three-parts brother to former Equus Champion and current Maine Chance Farms sire Vercingetorix-whose first crop race this season.

He was one of two winners for jockey Aldo Domeyer on Wednesday, with Domeyer also winning the fourth race with 12-1 shot River Inn.

There was drama in the fourth race when Ruletta reared at the start, losing lengths which cost her any chance of success. She was later declared a non-runner.

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