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Justin Snaith-trained Sergeant Hardy (3-1) took command in the R150,000 Southeaster Sprint over 1100m at Kenilworth on Saturday to win from Rock Of Africa and Brutal Force, making it a 1-2-3 for graduates of the Cape Premier Yearling Sale in the Listed dash.

A Grade 3 winning son of Captain Al, Sergeant had made marked improvement after his unplaced effort in the Cape Merchants. With the field reduced to seven runners as a result of the withdrawal of Kingston Passage at the start, there was little to go with the Sergeant as he stretched in front under Bernard Fayd’Herbe.

Brutal Force edged into contention at the 400m mark but Sergeant Hardy never felt pressure. He kicked again at the 150m marker and drew away to beat Rock Of Africa by 1,75 lengths in a time of 64,08 secs with Brutal Force a further 3,50 lengths back in third under his 62kg top weight.

Sergeant Hardy was knocked down to Glen Kotzen at the 2015 Cape Premier Yearling Sale for R450 000, but subsequently failed the post-sale scope which resulted in the sale being cancelled. At the CTS Ready to Run Sale his right vocal chord remained paralysed, and a veterinary certificate to this effect was posted on his stable door. It was at this sale that he was bought back for R70 000 – an extraordinary price for a horse with an advertised defect.

He is by deceased champion sire Captain Al (Al Mufti) out of the four-time winner Hard Lady (by Hard Up), who also raced in the vieux rose and white silks of Veronica Foulkes and son Oscar de W Foulkes of Normandy Stud.

Sergeant Hardy has now won 7 races with 4 places from 15 starts and stakes of R1 158 375.

Interestingly, he won the non black-type Need For Speed Sprint at the corresponding meeting last year.