Stayer from CTS wins Gr3 Chairmans Cup

Stayer from CTS wins Gr3 Chairmans Cup

January 09, 2018 / 6 months ago

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Our Emperor (nearest camera), kept going gamely (Wayne Marks)

The improving Dynasty gelding Our Emperor, trained by Brett Crawford, made full use of his handy galloping weight and a judicious ride by Greg Cheyne to land the spoils off a muddling pace in the R250 000 Gr3 Chairman’s Cup at Kenilworth on Saturday.

The small field produced a crowd pleaser as they pass the stands twice – produced a thrilling finish.

With Master’s Eye rallying strongly in the straight, Greg Cheyne produced Our Emperor at the 300m, switching the gelding to the outside of the Snaith runner.

The two went head and head to the wire – and were so close together, neither jockey dared pull a whip. At the line, a confident Cheyne got Our Emperor’s nose down where it counted, to win rather cosily by a head in a time of 212,61 secs.

Part-owner Grant Knowles commented: “David Abery and I both liked Our Emperor at the 2015 Val De Vie Sale and we actually bid against each other. He went for R550,000 and we bought him together as a pinhook, but he went for only R475,000 at the CTS Ready To Run Sale so we decided to keep and race him. Bryn and Marsh later bought out shares held by Klawervlei. I am pleased for all of us!”

Knowles and partners won the 2014 e-Lan Property Group Gold Cup with Wavin’ Flag, who was also trained by Crawford.

Knowles said: “Wavin’ Flag was the last horse to win the Gold Cup as Grade 1. It was a great race to win, a true highlight. The Gold Cup is a Grade 3 now, but the prize money is the same and the race will be our ultimate aim this season. Before that, Our Emperor will go for the stayers race on Sun Met Day.” 

– Extracts from Turf Talk and Sporting Post.