CTS pair fights out KZN Guineas

CTS pair fights out KZN Guineas

June 08, 2020 / 29 days ago

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Wild Coast (nearest camera), flew up late. (Gold Circle)

CTS graduates fought out a nail-biting finish to Sunday’s Gr2 WSB KZN Guineas at Greyville, and the judge had to study the photo for an extra minute to declare Wild Coast the narrow winner over Padre Pio.

Padre Pio set a good pace under Craig Zackey and extended his advantage when the field turned for home, with Wild Coast one from last in the hands of Donavan Dillon.

The Dennis Bosch-trained runner kept rolling in front and looked to have it won, but Wild Coast had found a clear run near the rail, made up steady ground to be in touch at the 200m pole, and flew up over the last 50m to snatch a short head victory.

Wild Coast is a son of Trippi and the first foal of former Equus Champion Filly Beach Beauty, who won 17 races and trainer Justin Snaith recalled: “When I came to KZN in the days of Beach Beauty she always had breeders and everyone around her, she had such a following, how fitting is it that her son Wild Coast has now won the Natal Guineas!

“Wild Coast, like Bunker Hunt, doesn’t take a lot of work, you have to be careful with them, so with no prep races, you could just see he would run fresh. I am over the moon for the Rupert family and everyone at Drakenstein.”

Dillon reported: “It looked tight, but Wild Coast rallied and gave me more and more. He is something special.”

The winner was a R2,500,000 purchase at the 2018 Cape Premier Yearling Sale and with three wins from seven starts and R340,000 in the bank, he is well on his way to more success.

Padre Pio (Vercingetorix), a R500,000 buy from the 2018 CTS April Yearling Sale, was a winner everywhere but on the line. Having proved himself against some of the best in the land now, his future also looks bright.