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FOLLOWING a Gr3 Exacta in the Variety Club Mile at Kenilworth on Tuesday, two other CTS purchases fought out the feature race at Scottsville on Wednesday.

Vodacom Durban July contenders Twist Of Fate and GG’s Dynasty went head-to-head in the finish of a keenly contested Pinnacle Plate over 1600m, and it was Brett Crawford’s 2017 CTS Ready To Run graduate GG’s Dynasty who got the better of his more fancied rival to win in the last few strides.

Well ridden by Donovan Dillon, GG’s Dynasty, who went off at 10-1, came from last to claim the verdict after their exciting battle. This win improved GG Dynasty’s record over the course and distance to five runs, four wins and one second.

It was the first time Dillon had been aboard the Crawford-trained four-year-old and he produced a polished performance. It is not easy to get the better of Anton Marcus in a tight finish.

“The turn of foot he shows over a mile, he’ll take on the best of them,” said Dillon. “We thought Twist Of Fate would be hard to beat but it was his first run back, and I think he’s better suited to a further trip. But our horse just relished it today.”

Twist Of Fate was having his first outing since placing fourth in the Grade 1 Sun Met on 1 February and this run is sure to bring the Adam Marcus-trained runner on nicely as he has some bigger races to come, including the Vodacom Durban July on 25 July.

Marcus’ Vardy proved to be just in need of his run in last Saturday’s Gr2 Drill Hall Stakes and the trainer noted that he is bringing his KZN string on gradually for their earmarked features later this season.

GG’s Dynasty, a R300,000 buy for Greg Bortz and Braam van Huyssteen, has now passed the R500,000 mark in earning.