THE upwardly mobile Dynasty gelding African Night Sky raised the rafters at Kenilworth on a beautiful winter Saturday afternoon when he stormed to victory in the R250 000 Gr3 Winter Derby, to become only the second horse in history to win the Cape Winter Triple Crown.
Relaxed in the pack as longshot Soaring Past made the pace, Fayd’herbe pressed the button on African Night Sky at the 350m marker and it was race over.
The pair drew clear under the hands to win by 5,50 lengths in a time of 149,37 secs.
Joey Ramsden’s Elusive Fort gelding Paddington came on late for second – in a different race, really.
Selected, purchased and pre-trained by Jane Thomas of Far End Racing, the winner is an R850 000 Cape Premier Yearling Sale graduate.
He has won 5 races with 1 place from 8 starts and took his stakes to R581 900, excluding the Winter Series bonus of R250 000.
Bred by Highlands, he is a son of the perennial producer of champions, Dynasty (Fort Wood), out of the six-time winning Starzene (Cozzene). - from Sporting Post.
Photo: African Night Sky wins. (Wayne Marks).