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SOLID Speed, bred by Willempie Engelbrecht Jnr, got home in a thrilling finish to win the R400,000 Gr 2 Betting World 1900 at Greyville on Friday.

He was selected and purchased for R600 000 at the Cape Premier Yearling Sale Book 1 by Dean Kannemeyer and Form Bloodstock’s Jehan Malherbe.

Ridden by Avontuur-sponsored Anthony Delpech, Solid Speed parked some ten lengths off Silver Spring’s pace at the halfway mark, where Delpech found himself on a less than favourable strip of ground and with the pace being eased up,  he made a snap decision to take his mount three wide.

Those are the kind of conscious choices that confident jockeys make instinctively and besides the fact that it was to assist the 5yo gelding in maintaining his long stride momentum, it also gave him a clear launching pad into the straight – and may have caused the rampant combination to hit the front 50m earlier than would have been ideal.

But there was no turning back and Solid Speed galloped strongly at the 300m and looked to be going away from his field.

Keagan De Melo had his own plans and having come from lengths behind the eventual winner into the straight, he had St Tropez eating up the ground, chased by The Conglomerate.

Delpech had a race on his hands but got Solid Speed to dig deep – and lugging out into the left-handed whip, he came perilously close to hampering the chasing St Tropez, and unsurprisingly a race review followed.

It was a touch of Durban July 2015 deja vu for Kannemeyer, who has endured his share of nervous moments post race with the Khaya silks. But no further action was taken and Solid Speed was the deserving official winner by a head in a time of 115,31 secs. He went off easy to back at 5-1 and started tote favourite.Assistant Barbara Badenhorst leads Solid Speed (Anthony Delpech) in

Joey Ramsden’s St Tropez was full merit for his second place and was having his first run in 24 weeks since finishing unplaced in the Summer Cup.

Dynamic ran on smartly for third, with the runner-up’s stablemate The Conglomerate a further head back in fourth in an improved effort.

The winner’s stablemate It Is Written was not disgraced in fifth 2,45 lengths adrift after being given every chance from his 1 draw.

Mike Azzie’s Greek Legend failed to fire and ran eighth, while last year’s winner Dynastic Power (25 on July log) ran a poor race. He failed to get lucky from his wide draw and was in no man’s land for much of the race. He has a mountain to climb in terms of July aspirations.

This race has always been a July qualification pointer with the 2015 runner-up Power King going on to win the big one for Kannemeyer and Khaya.

Photo: Solid Speed (Delpech), with assistant trainer Barbara Badenhorst.