Grade 1 Honours for CTS Graduates on July Day 2015
The Durban July is the iconic thoroughbred race in South Africa, and 60 000 fans swarmed around
Greyville to witness a dramatic 2015 edition. Power King, who passed through the ring as Lot 220 at
the Cape Premier Yearling Sales in 2012, used his withering turn of foot to slice through the field and
win the coveted Grade 1 prize, though his sidestepping habits in deep stretch caused some drama and
an objection, which was over-ruled.
He was chased home by sibling Punta Arenas who launched a bold surge up the outer with,
remarkably, yet another son of Silvano, Tellina back in third. Huge accolades are due Maine Chance
Farms who bred the first three past the post in this historic Grade 1 feature, all by their resident supersire
Admirably consistent from the start of his career, Power King was already a standout performer at
three, only being denied a sweep of the Winter Series when defeated by Dynastic Power in the final
leg, the Derby. According to trainer Dean Kannemeyer, he improved vastly after gelding in November
2014, moving with greater fluency. Whilst things did not work out as expected in the Met, his
subsequent runs and stiff second in the Greyville 1900 when hurtling through from the back, was a
portent of this career- defining winning effort in the July.
Another graduate of the innovative CTS program, Seventh Plain showed tremendous determination
to run down long-time leader Arabian Beat and stave off a low-flying Brazuca when winning the Grade
1 Golden Horseshoe. Victorious in the Grade 1 Gold Medallion over the Scotsville sprint course at his
previous start, the brave son of Seventh Rock carried his natural speed around the Greyville bends to
eke out a valiant win over 1400m.
A high-class bay colt, Seventh Plain is out of the National Emblem mare, Amber Plain and was bred by
Klawervlei Stud. The same breeding establishment were later to savour a second Grade 1 success
when Same Jurisdiction, a three year-old filly by Mambo In Seattle stylishly won the Garden Province
A precocious talent as a youngster, she had suffered two tough recent beats, in the Fillies Classic at
Turffontein, then in the Tibouchina Stakes in early June. She again had to deal with adversity here,
jumping from a wide draw of 14 which usually spells deep trouble over the Greyville 1600m course.
But “Superman” Marcus somehow worked out a smooth passage and Duncan Howells filly glided in
stylishly from Woolavington winner, Smart Call.
In other notable scores for CTS graduates at Greyville’s marquee meeting, trainer Howells saddled
Easy Lover to win a tough Listed handicap, carded as race 8 on the July day program. Easy Lover (by
Right Approach) was Lot 277 at the Cape Premier Yearling Sale Book 2 in 2013. His connections must
be suitably pleased at their return on investment. Easy Lover looks good value at that R120 000 outlay,
having already won four of 13 starts for nearly six times that purchase price, with more stake cheques