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Trainer Justin Snaith and his team rattled off five wins on Sun Met Day, including three prized Gr1s and Snaith Racing tweeted:  “The 2018 Sun Met will go down as our most memorable race day yet.”

Their  opening  Grade  1  win  of  the  day  was  the Cape  Flying  Championship,  a  race  marred  by  a false  start  and  a  lengthy  delay  caused  by  starting stall delinquent Tevez.  This eventually led to all of joint favourite Naafer, Search Party and Olympian having to be withdrawn.


That left Captain Al’s son Sergeant Hardy as clear market  leader,  and  he  remained  undefeated  over 1000m  with  an  impressive  virtually  pillar-to-post win under regular pilot Bernard Fayd’herbe.

CTS graduates filled the first four places with Trip To Heaven second, last year’s CTS1200 winner Live Life in third and Brutal Force in fourth.

Trip  To  Heaven  jumped  on  terms  and  was  always within  striking  distance  but  a  Grade  1  win  continues  to  elude  him,  and  he  scored  a  fourth  runner-up up berth at this level.

This  was  a  first  Grade  1 winner  for  Oscar  de  W Foulkes,   who  owns  Sergeant   Hardy   with   his mother  Veronica of Normandy Stud. He has always had a soft spot for the ultra-game campaigner and added tongue in cheek that he “is now sorry that he gelded him”.


Snaith paid tribute to the “gallant horse with a big heart, despite his well-documented breathing problems’’.  Sergeant Hardy failed the vet’s scope at the Cape Premier Yearling Sale in 2015 and was bought back by the Foulkes family who decided to race him themselves.

Fayd’Herbe said: “I knew he’d outpace them over 1000m and he thoroughly deserved this win today.”  -Turf Talk.