One World thrilled the 2020 Sun Met crowd!

One World thrilled the 2020 Sun Met crowd!

February 03, 2020 / 8 months ago

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One World battled on gamely to defeat Rainbow Bridge in the Sun Met. (Wayne Marks).

One World (MJ Byleveld) delivered a sensational performance in front of a festive crowd in Saturday’s Gr1 R3-million Sun Met over 2000m at Kenilworth. The CPYS graduate was hard as nails in a grandstand finish in which he proved too game for a tough rival in Rainbow Bridge. Another CTS graduate Twist Of Fate finished third, Hawwaam fourth.

The 13-runner line-up, billed as one of the best renewals in several years, featured all of South Africa’s big guns – the accomplished first four past the post, dual Durban July winner Do It Again, up-and-coming Queen’s Plate winner Vardy and several other well-performed stakes winners – most with claims to the R1,7-million first prize.

The Sun Met was always going to be a contest that answered some questions. The powerful-galloping four-year-old, One World, proved that 2000m was withing his reach and that he’d lost not an inch of the tremendous courage that characterised his three-year-old career.

A few lengths off a steady pace in second place for most part of the journey behind pace-setter Head Honcho, One World had Rainbow Bridge just a few lengths behind him in a well strung-out field. Twist Of Fate, Hawwaam and Vardy were further back with Do It Again bringing up the rear.

The action unfolded when the runners turned for home and One World, with a clear passage near the rail, started a forward move and collared the leader with 400m to run.

 

Rainbow Bridge (Ryan Moore), was quickly in pursuit. He drew alongside One World at the 300m mark and briefly headed him, but Vaughan Marshall’s runner took a hold of the bit in his familiar, gritty way, regained the lead and stayed on gamely to win by 0.20-lengths.

“This means the world to me. The hard work has paid off. When Rainbow Bridge came up it brought out the fight in him,” said Byleveld, who was scoring his first Met win and rode the race of his career.

“One World was very courageous and dug deep. A great ride from MJ,” said an emotional Vaughan Marshall, who’d won the race for the third time. 

 

A Klawervlei bred, One World was another Met winner and a 23Rd Gr1 success for the deceased super stallion, Captain Al (Al Mufti) and is out of the UK placed Aquilonia (Giant’s Causeway).

 

One World, who races in a partnership of former NHA Chairman Ken Truter and his wife Jane, as well as Braam van Huyssteen and Etienne Braun, cost R425 000 on the Cape Premier Yearling Sale. He took his career earnings to R5 631 875 with 10 wins and 4 places from 14 starts.