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RABADA fought gamely to secure the Gr1 Daily News at Greyville on Saturday under a super professional ride from Anton Marcus.

Marcus had Rabada in the box seat while Anthony Delpech, looking for a hat-trick of feature wins, was forced to track wide to avoid the scrum on his inside and the two fancied runners joined battle at the top of the straight.

With Marcus dropping his stick at the entrance to the straight it looked as if It’s My Turn had his measure but Rabada kept finding to the

line. “I had my doubts about him staying,” said Marcus post-race. “But we were helped by the slow pace up front. I dropped my stick at the top of the straight and was just flicking the reins at him. It was a really game win.”

“I always maintained that he was a good horse,” said Michael Azzie and Rabada has repaid that faith. It was also the second Grade 1 win for Rabada, A R300 000 2014 CTS Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale graduate from Summerhill-based Brave Tin Soldier.

He has won 5 races with 2 places from his 8 starts for stakes of R2 473 750.