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In another good advert for CTS, runners sold at our sales took the first three places in the Gr3 Winter Classic over 1800m at Kenilworth on Saturday.

Vardy and One World, graduates of the 2017 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, finished first and second respectively with Majestic Mozart (CTS April 2017 Select Sale), in third.

Adam Marcus’ smart gelding Vardy enjoyed the removal of linkers and the fitting of a custom bit to turn the tables on his old rival One World, the formidable colt from Vaughan Marshall’s yard.

The Cape Winter Series has been the nursery of some really good horses over the years. Names like Pocket Power, Winter Solstice, Variety Club and African Night Sky underline the level of the equine alumni who cut their teeth on this stage – and the young Marcus was over the moon after Vardy’s excellent win over his more accomplished runner-up.

Marcus said: “Vardy is just a brilliant horse and we will be discussing his next run. On the way he won he looks like he’ll see out 2400m of the Winter Derby easily and perhaps this lower-level stayers’ feature is the best race to prove it. But it may also suit us better not to do that, rather to put him away until the summer season.”

A R400 000 Cape Premier Yearling Sale graduate, Vardy has won 4 races with 3 places from 7 starts and took his stakes earnings to R1 145 950.

One World, a R425,000 buy, has banked R3,292,500 after nine runs while Majestic Mozart, who went through the ring for only R50,000, shows career stakes of R848,000.