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While Rain In Holland will move into the third and final leg of the Wilgerbosdrift Triple Tiara as a strong favourite following her emphatic victory in Saturday’s Grade 1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic over 1800m at Turffontein, Red Saxon ended the Triple Crown hopes of Safe Passage in the WSB SA Classic.

Going off as the 25-11 favourite, the daughter of Duke Of Marmalade romped to a 3.25-length victory over Sprinkles (5-1) with 33-1 shot Perfect Witness another neck back in third.

Fourth place went to Desert Miracle who was in contention until the 200m mark but then faded in the closing stage to finish 4.50 lengths off the winner.

The winner was ridden by Richard Fourie and trained by Sean Tarry.

However, in a hard-fought duel to the line, Red Saxon, who went off at 25-1 but paid R28.60 a win and R5.40 for a place with TAB, stayed on the better to hold off 23-15 favourite Safe Passage by a neck in the World Sports Betting SA Classic, to give jockey Julius Mariba a fantastic first Grade 1 victory.

One length back in third came Captain Lannister (33-1) with Super Excited (50-1) in fourth.

That result produced a Quartet payout of R22,598.50.

The winner was trained by Joe Soma, who has now won this race three times. In fact, as Soma pointed out, over the last six years Mike de Kock and Soma have won this race alternately.

De Kock won it in 2017 with Heavenly Blue, 2019 with Hawwaam and in 2021 with Malmoos. Soma won it in 2018 with Lobo’s Legend, 2020 with Got The Greenlight and again on Saturday.

Soma also deserves full credit for sticking with Mariba and not being persuaded into giving the ride to a more prominent jockey.

“If anybody knows the story about horseracing I think I know it,” said Soma. “I’ve been given a lot of breaks in my life, some I’ve messed up and other times I’ve grabbed the opportunity.

“I just felt that if I am any kind of decent human being, Julius has worked very, very hard with this horse, we changed the bit, and I cannot thank him enough for the hours he’s put in.

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