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Trainer Weiho Marwing turned out to have the Midas touch as his charge Hermoso Mundo became the first horse in South Africa to win the stayers’ “Gold Treble”.

The son of Ideal World became the first horse to win the Gold Bowl at Turffontein over 3200m, the Gold Vase over 3000m at Greyville on Durban July day and the R1.25-million eLAN Gold Cup, which he added to his treasure trove at the Durban course on Sunday.

Hermoso Mundo only joined the Marwing stable in April and is unbeaten in three starts since then. The four-year-old gelding had to fight his way to the line in this Grade 3 race over 3200m but, ridden by Weichong Marwing, he did not give up. He went off as second favourite on the tote and at 9-2 with the books.

Going into the closing stages it was the Geoff Woodruff-trained mare Zante who led the field, with Gavin Lerena in the irons and showing no signs of throwing in the towel.

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