CTS graduate Temple Grafin produced a 40-1 upset on a tricky day for punters at Greyville on Saturday when she stormed up to win the Gr1 Jonsson Workwear Garden Province Stakes by 0.70-lengths from the favourite Celtic Sea. Pretty Young Thing was a quarter length back in third with Driving Miss Daisy in fourth.
Temple Grafin provided Drakenstein Stud’s stallion Duke Of Marmalade with his first SA-bred stakes winner in the 2018 Gr3 The Debutante and after a few indifferent runs showed her class and talent once more with this top-level win, giving the sire his first Gr1 winner.
Temple Grafin also gave jockey Keagan de Melo his 100th winner of the season, incidentally also his own first Gr1 success.
Trainer Glen Kotzen said: “This race is very close to my heart, we’ve won it twice before and it’s also a race every breeder wants to win, so well done to Drakenstein and Duke Of Marmalade. I’ve had a lot of luck with his fillies.”
Kotzen said that Laurence and Tessa Wernars had bought Temple Grafin from her previous owner, Hugo Hattingh, with the purpose of breeding with her and, naturally, this Gr1 success has secured her future as a broodmare prospect.
Temple Grafin was a R300 000 Cape Premier Yearling Sale graduate. She was bred by Fran Cowe out of the one-time winner Inner Temple (Greys Inn).
She has won her purchase price back more than threefold, having earned R918 250 with 5 wins and 4 places from 17 starts.
“She can now go to stud,” enthused Kotzen.