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Deputy Jud came home lonely in the R1-million Supreme Cup sponsored by SAP over 1450m on the sand track at the Vaal on Saturday.

Trainer Mike Azzie’s runner started 6-1 joint second favourite with Mootahadee and Ultimate Dollar behind 4-1 shot Toro Rosso, who started from the widest draw.

Ultimate Dollar led early but soon gave way to Lavender Landscape with Solar Triptych, Precursor and Toro Rosso all handy. Jockey JP van der Merwe had Deputy Jud just off the front rank.

Ultimate Dollar led briefly about 500m out but Deputy Jud was already at his girth and closing. The Azzie runner took command 300m from the line and it was then all over bar the shouting. Uncle Tommy, runner-up last year, quickened up well over the final 200m but could do no more than reduce Deputy Jud’s winning margin to 2.25 lengths.

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