Veteran jockey Greg Cheyne enjoyed a memorable day at Durbanville on Saturday, when booting home three of the first four winners on Saturday’s eight race card.
Cheyne kicked off the day when making all the running to land the first race, the Itsarush.co.za Welcomes You Juvenile Plate over 1000m, on the Var sired two-year-old Mister Vargus.
Somewhat unlucky at his previous start, Mister Vargus showed plenty of speed to win at the third time of asking, and connections feel that the colt is unlikely to stay more than 1200 metres.
Remarkably, Mister Vargus’ half-brother Green Jacket also scored on the card, when the 3yo son of Gimmethegreenlight picked up his third when registering a hard fought win in the afternoon’s sixth race, theTabonline.co.za MR 80 handicap.
Cheyne made it a quick double when scoring a fluent, front running win aboard Var filly Lumiere to land the Tab Telebet 0861 000 822 Juvenile Plate over 1000 metres, and turned the double into a treble when producing favourite Bitter Lemon to shed her maiden with a one length win in Saturday’s fourth race.
Trainer Eric Sands also had a good day, when saddling both Lumiere and Bitter Lemon to win, with Lumiere making an especially good impression when winning at just the second time of asking. One of two juvenile winners on the day for leading sire Var, Lumiere had been a little unlucky when suffering a wide trip first time out but made amends when defeating Dutch Philip’s full-sister Scotch Alley by a length and a quarter on Saturday.
Trainer Brett Crawford described the ultra-consistent Bwana as “Sound as a bell and tough as they come”, after that Trippi gelding made all to win the Play Soccer 6,10 and 13 MR 93 Handicap over 1000m.
A horse who detests the whip, Bwana has now won six of 13 (he has been unplaced just once) –with five wins coming under the urgings of jockey Corne Orffer –who rode him to victory again on Saturday.