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Africa Rising, a graduate of the 2015 CTS Ready To Run Sale, defeated a field of competitive sprinters in Saturday’s Gr2 Merchants over 1200m at Turffontein.

The runner-up Romi’s Boy (2015 Cape Premier Yearling Sale) and third-placed Captain and Master (2016 March Yearling Sale) were also purchased from CTS auctions.

Africa Rising went into the race a 17-1 chance following his unplaced run last month, and was again slow away as the gates swung open.  However, champion jockey Lyle Hewitson gathered his mount together to start a determined chase that ended in a powerful finish and a super win from way off the pace.

Hewitson said that he was elated, and noted that he has a special bond with Africa Rising.

“He’s not the best horse I’ve ridden, but he’s very close to me, super special. I wish this was a Grade 1 race because he deserves it.  His asset is his turn of foot, he has an explosive finish and he showed it today. He is a smart individual, a professional through and through.”


Hewitson reflected on Africa Rising’s run to Legal Eagle and said: “He has a few niggles one has to get on top of. He blew it at the start last time and raced alone on the inside. He’s still a bit iffy in the pens, but he has a beautiful demeanour and things worked out for him today.

“It’s great to be a part of a team like this, one’s luck doesn’t run out!”

Sensibly raced, Africa Rising has been a good servant to the Sean Tarry stable, who was firing on all cylinders on Cup Day and claimed four of the first six races on the card.

Africa Rising, bought for R625,000, has won seven of only 19 starts, including a well-paid second in the Ready To Run Stakes of his year and a win in the Grw2 Beyerley Turk at Greyville, a day he defeated Copper Force under Lyle Hewitson.

Bred by Summerhill Stud, he is a son of Visionaire and Sucha Looka, by Braashee. He has earned owners Chris van Niekerk and Phito Anasstasopolous of Supabets fame R1,45-million in prize money.