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Trainer Paul Peter was king of the Vaal on Saturday when he led Forest Fox into the winner’s enclosure after the World Sports Betting Grand Heritage – the remarkable new marquee race of the riverside course.

The thrilling victory over a daunting 26 adversaries down the 1475m straight course was Peter’s third winner of the day and the crowning glory of a period of hot form for the Turffontein conditioner.

It wasn’t plain sailing for Forest Fox (16-1) and jockey Gavin Lerena. Port Elizabeth raider Classify (20-1), trained by Dorrie Sham and ridden by Francois Herholdt, put up a tremendous fight and only conceded by 0.40 lengths in the end.

Starrett City (44-1), unfancied among Geoff Woodruff’s trio of runners, hung on for third place about a length further back, after scooting clear of the pack entering the final 400m and looking dangerous. Yet another outsider, Morpheus (45-1), grabbed fourth place for Scott Kenny.

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