KZN jockey-trainer combination Muzi Yeni and Duncan Howells turned their season around in under two minutes at Greyville on Friday evening when the Australian-bred Ten Gun Salute powered his way into Vodacom Durban July contention with an emphatic victory in the R500 000 Gr2 Betting World 1900.
Muzi Yeni felt that he had learnt how to ride Ten Gun Salute and said that he had ‘used him too much’ in last year’s July when 8th, 3,25 lengths behind The Conglomerate. That bodes well for a Durban trip on the opening weekend of July for enthusiastic owners Heinrich and Werner Kuhn.
Originally bought – some would argue stolen- at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale in January 2014 by Heritage Bloodstock for A$10 000, Ten Gun Salute was offered at the CTS Lanzerac Ready To Run Sale in October 2014.
David Allan of Allan Bloodlines outlayed R1 150 000 there for the half-brother to ten winners – headed by the likes of Gr3 South Australia Classic victress Red Typhoon (Hold That Tiger) and the Stakes-placed Bella Princess (Flying Spur).
The winner is by former Coolmore shuttler Henrythenavigator (USA) out of Ladybird Blue (Bluebird), who was placed in the Gr1 South Australia Oaks and is a dual Stakes winner who traces in female line to Noble Lassie, the dam of Vaguely Noble. - Sporting Post.
Photo: Ten Gun Salute wins Greyville 1900.