Trainer Glen Kotzen and jockey Morne Winaar teamed up to dominate the mid-week meeting at Kenilworth on Wednesday, with the pair winning three of the eight races carded.
The Kotzen/Winaar trio kicked off when grey filly Kathleen made all to win the first race, the Itsarush.co.za Welcomes You Maiden Juvenile Plate for fillies, and score a 60-1 shock in the process.
A daughter of recently deceased G1 Middle Park Stakes winner Crusade, Kathleen stayed on gamely to account for another long-shot, the 33-1 chance Orferd’s Flash, by a length and a quarter in Wednesday’s 1200m contest.
First timer Howl, a Trippi half-sister to 2018 G3 WSB Victress Stakes winner Fresnaye, caught the eye when running on strongly, after being slow away, for third in the first.
Kotzen and Winaar again tasted success when Winaar booted home Saint West from off the pace to get up close home and shed his maiden by 0.4 of a length in Wednesday’s fourth race, the Betting World 087 741 2777 Maiden Plate over 16000m. The Judpot gelding is bred to enjoy more ground, with Saint West being a half-brother to Paddy O’Reilly –whose five wins included both the Glenlair Trophy and the Kenilworth Cup –with both those features contested over 3200m.
The pair’s final triumph on Wednesday came when the smart Elusive Fort gelding Lanza came out in a tight finish to land the sixth race, the Tellytrack.com Pinnacle Stakes over 1200m, by just under half a length. A close up fourth in the Listed Sophomore Sprint earlier this season, the Peter de Beyer bred gelding has now won three times, with all of Lanza’s wins coming over 1200m.
However, arguably the most impressive performance at Kenilworth on Wednesday came when Jackson filly Pretty Young Thing simply strolled home in front running fashion to win the last race by three lengths, while geared down by jockey Anton Marcus. Marcus, who took his mount to the front to overcome her wide draw of ten, had time to glance back over his shoulder while looking in vain for his opponents. Another winner for owners Craig and Ross Kieswetter and Ridgemont Highlands , the two-year-old Pretty Young Thing had been second and fourth respectively in her two previous starts and she could not have won more easily.
In contrast, to Monday’s Kenilworth meeting, punters had a wretched time of things on Wednesday, with favourites winning just two of the eight races carded.