Plano gives Laing her fifth PE Gold Cup

Plano gives Laing her fifth PE Gold Cup

June 26, 2018 / 4 months ago

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Images courtesy of Pauline Herman

Trainer Tara Laing maintained her vice grip on South Africa’s longest race when she made it five victories in six renewals of the R150 000 Listed Port Elizabeth Gold Cup at Fairview on Friday.

Trying the 3600m trip for the first time, her 4yo Silvano gelding Plano showed a nice turn of foot for jockey Callan Murray when he came from last into the straight to withstand a game late challenge from the consistent Frikkie. They won smartly by a half a length in a time of 233,40 secs.

Hong Kong-bound Murray rode a patient race. He sat dead still as Plano loped along at the rear as Desert Wisdom took it up at the 2000m marker to lead Don’t Let Me Down and the recent maiden winning filly, Zanadu.

In the run for home, Desert Wisdom plugged away as Zanadu came forward to challenge with Frikkie producing his challenge.

But it was the 9-2 shot Plano who had most in reserve and the gallant gelding produced a good effort to hold the tote favourite Frikkie.

Bred by Maine Chance Farms, Plano is a son of Silvano (Lomitas) out of the four-time winning sprinter Paramo (Western Winter).

A graduate of the 2015 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, Plano has won 4 races with 10 places from 18 starts for stakes of R322 975.

He was recently purchased by Cape owner Etienne Braun and placed in training with the Laing stable.

Tara had a great day, saddling four winners at the meeting. -extracts from Sporting Post.