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FOLLOWING one-two results for CTS graduates in the recent Gr2 KZN Guineas and the Gr3 Variety Cub Mile, Tempting Fate and Pray For Rain fought out the finish of Saturday’s G3 Godolphin Barb Stakes over 1100m at Scottsville.


Dennis Drier-trained Tempting Fate ran on powerfully in a strong field of juvenile colts to defeat his stablemate Pray For Rain, both being graduates of the 2019 Cape Premier Sale and both likely to contest the Gr1 Gold Medallion on 4 July at Greyville.


Drier trained Tempting Fate’s sire Master Of My Fate and his dam Miss October, and jockey Sean Veale’s assessment that Tempting Fate was “the next Master Of My Fate” is a quote that punters will remember as this smashing specimen steps up and races through the divisions, a Gr1 beckoning in three weeks.


Drier himself has never been short of praise for Tempting Fate. On 8 February, after the colt had won his debut, the trainer said in the post-race interview: “He is the one horse I wanted at the 2019 Cape Premier Yearling Sale. He’s a racehorse, he’s going places!”


Tempting Fate is owned by Messrs Brian Airey, David Abery, Eric Buhr and Mark Currie. Airey, next to the sales ring with Drier at the time Tempting Fate went through the ring, kept putting his hand up in the light of Drier’s wish. He secured the colt for R550,000, and put the partnership together.


The winner and the runner-up were raised by Pippa Mickleburgh at Avontuur Stud.


Tempting Fate, unbeaten in two, already shows a return of R109,375, while Pray For Rain (Soft Falling Rain), has banked R70,625 in four starts.