For the second consecutive year, South Africa’s richest horserace has been won by a front-running 3-year-old.
A year after Summerhill-bred Pick Six’s thrilling pillar-to-post victory in the Gr1 Gomma Gomma Challenge, it was the turn of trainer Dominic Zaki’s Eddington - the sole representative of his generation in this year’s field, to steal the race from the front under an inspired ride from Piere Strydom. She’s On Fire followed with another Summerhill-bred, Catmandu, storming through the field for third.
Catmandu once again silenced his doubters. He was finishing best of all and his trademark strong finish, so evident in the handicap ranks, has been fairly successfully transferred to Gr 1 level. On this showing, he will be competitive during the Champions Season in KwaZulu Natal.
Extract from SA Horseracing