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Sunday’s R450,000 World Sports Betting Merchants (Grade 2) over 1160m at Turffontein on Sunday went to 12-1 chance The Thinker, who was closer to the back than pacemakers Romi’s Boy and Naafer going through the 1000m marker in a race where Bull Valley (7-2), Naafer (5-1) and Graduation Day (5-1, tote favourite) dominated the betting.

Naafer was in a clear lead at the 400m mark, but jockey Donavan Mansour was winding The Thinker up and he took off in the final 200m to get his head in front about 100m out and win going away by more than a length. Amazing Strike ran on for third ahead of Captain Aldo.

The Thinker is trained by Johan Janse van Vuuren for Markus Jooste’s Mayfair Speculators of which Derek Brugman is the nominee.

Janse van Vuuren said: “I was obviously a bit concerned about (the postponement) because the horses stood here the whole day and got home very late last night. After Square The Circle got beaten (in Race 2) I was a bit gutted. You just hope something’s going to turn your way the rest of the day. I liked this horse during the week. He was putting in some good work. This was always a race I wanted to win.”

Mansour said: “The Thinker was unlucky last time (losing 0,50-lengths in Golden Loom Handicap) and I knew none of those horses would beat him today. Thanks to Johan, who is not easy to work for sometimes, but he is a true professional who is reaping the rewards!”

A graduate of the 2015 CTS Ready To Run Sale, The Thinker is a son of Visionaire and Radiant Lass, from Summerhill Stud.