Peter faces choices for CTS star

Peter faces choices for CTS star

January 09, 2018 / 11 months ago

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Majestic Mambo (Anthony Delpech) wins the Sea Cottage Stakes (JC Photos)

Trainer Paul Peter looks to have a potential star on his hands after the Mambo In Seattle colt Majestic Mambo doddled in to register his first stakes success and maintain his unbeaten record in Sunday’s R150 000 Listed Sea Cottage Stakes at Turffontein.

Peter reckons that he was lucky to get his hands on Majestic Mambo, but that’s modesty. He was the one who did his homework and in fact the only one to bid on the colt at the 2016 CTS Lanzerac Ready To Run Sale.

Majestic Mambo attracted no interest at the Cape Premier Yearling Sale, passed unsold and was moved on to the Ready To Run where, Peter recalls, “he galloped very nicely”.

“I went to have a look at him in his barn and I liked him even more. We were lucky to get him at R40,000. Nobody else lifted a finger.”

The Hyper Paint Syndicate, led by Gerard Peter, have to decide in the next few days whether to take Majestic Mambo to Cape Town for the CTS $500,000 Mile or keep him in Johannesburg for a crack at the Triple Crown.

Peter, who occupies a Top 5 position on the National Trainers’ Log, commented: “Majestic Mambo is a lovely, sound horse who puts a lot into his work. He is still very green, something only racing experience can rectify.

“He’s won three in a row over 1800m, but Anthony Delpech says Majestic Mambo has enough acceleration to win over a mile, which in theory puts the CTS Mile and the first leg of the Triple Crown within his reach. We’ll keep our options open.”

Delpech described Majestic Mambo as the kind of horse any trainer or jockey dreams of being associated with and urged Peter to “keep him on cotton wool”.

Peter, who has achieved enough in his training career to handle this potential star with confidence, will nonetheless be drawing on the advice of veteran Ormond Ferraris, the master trainer of trainers.

Peter said: “Mr Ferraris is my neighbour at Turffontein and we’ve become close in the year-and-a-half since I moved my operation here. He is a lovely man and I am most fortunate to be able to draw on his knowledge. I guess I have found him in his mellowed years, so I am lucky indeed. He has given generously of himself.”

Majestic Mambo was bred by Dr Bennie van der Merwe and Chris Gerber at Moutonshoek Stud. He is a son of Mambo In Seattle (Kingmambo) out of the one-time winning Regal Classic (Al Mufti). 

He is bred on the same cross as graded stakes winners Desert Rhythm and Fortune Fella as well as Listed Michaelmas Handicap winner Mr O’Neill.

- Turf Talk