On and away from the track the role players in racing in the Eastern Cape got it right over the Derby Weekend.
Fairview was home to the Festival of Racing on Friday and Saturday and received the thumbs up on every platform.
The out of town visitors was highly impressed with the festivities, the charity drive, the famous Port Elizabeth hospitality and the racing on two tracks that were in great condition – the Polytrack on Friday and the turf track on the Saturday.
The CEO of the Racing Association, Larry Wainstein, enjoyed the race days in the HB Christian Room and was happy to see a good turnout from the PE fans.
Ryno du Plessis, marketing manager of World Sports Betting, said it “was a great weekend” and he can’t wait for next year.
Du Plessis noticed that the PE stables competed strongly over the two days and kept some of the strong Cape Town raiders away from the prize money in the Listed R350 000 WSB East Cape Derby for 3y olds over 2400m.
An East Cape horse last won the Derby back in 2009, and although not winning it this time, took the second and third spots.
Cape Town trainer Brett Crawford said it was a long term plan for the colt St Vladimir to win the Derby. The Crawford stable also won the Derby last year and in 2008.
PE Trainers Grant Paddock and Sharon Kotzen took the second and third places respectively with the gelding Drop Kick and the only filly in the race, Just Chaos.
EAST CAPE DERBY
2019: St Vladimir
2018: American Landing
2017: Dorset Noble
2016: Captain Splendid
2015: St Tropez
2014: Desert Swirl
2013: True Master
2012: Tribal Dance
2010: Robert The Bruce
2009: Lizard’s Desire
2008: Just Like Al
2007: Key Castle
2006: Captain Cook
2004: Central Pacific