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Trainer Vaughan Marshall won his 10th Gr1 at Scottsville’s Sprint Festival with CTS graduate Ambiorix (25-3), who came home hard in Sunday’s Gold Medallion over 1200m under Luke Ferraris. The ten Scottsville Gr1’s were posted in the city where Marshall was a pupil at Maritzburg College.

Ambiorix, tuned to the minute, was right up there in the vanguard with outsiders Gallic Chief (25-1) and Bard Of Avon (10-1), with Silver Salmon in contention. Ambiorix kicked on best as they came to the 150m mark, and kept his momentum to beat Bard Of Avon by 2,10 lengths in a time of 69,23 secs. Gallic Chief held third.

Ferraris said: “I asked Mr Marshall if I could ride him like in his first race. He has a very relaxed running style. He pinged the gate and just kept rolling.”

Marshall added: “He’s a very decent horse who has always shown he has the ability. We took a gamble in not running him for so long, but it paid off. He strengthened up nicely. He’s also got a very good temperament. He doesn’t get above himself.”

A Cape Premier Yearling Sale R250 000 buy, Ambiorix took his stakes to R353 500 with his second win from two starts. A first SA Gr1 strike for David Allan’s UK-based Burns Racing, the winner was bred by Barbara Sanne’s Oldlands Stud.

He is a first male Gr1 winner for Maine Chance Farms Equus Champion Vercingetorix (Silvano) out of the twice-winning Indigo Magic mare, Our Darling.