R2R Sale delivers another stakes winner in Shango

R2R Sale delivers another stakes winner in Shango

December 02, 2019 / 3 days ago

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Shango wins the Gr2 Dingaans for jockey Gavin Lerena. (JC Photos)

The CTS Ready To Run Sale consistently produces Graded winners – its latest success was Shango, a R425,000 purchase from the 2018 renewal – who won Saturday’s TAB Betting World Dingaans going away by 2.75-lengths.

Shango, by Captain of All from Scorched (Jet Master), started at 33-1, the lesser fancied of trainer Sean Tarry’s pair of entries, his stablemate Eden Roc starting second favourite.

Shango (Gavin Lerena), turned for home towards the rear of a competitive field, but improved his position steadily and swooped strongly on the leaders late under a well-time ride by Gavin Lerena.

The jockey said that he’d felt that Shango was a good Quartet horse on his work, but the surprise was pleasant.

“He did it all today,” said Lerena. “The race didn’t work out the way I thought it would, I wanted to sit closer but Shango got squeezed. But halfway round the bend he found a good rhythm, he moved very well under me.

“Then, the whole way down the lane I felt he’d get there. In the end he ran away from them, this was a good win!”

Tarry, also surprised, said: “Things didn’t go right for Eden Rock, he pinged the gates and did too much. But this was a good win for stallion Captain Of All and the Shango partnership of Chris van Niekerk and Bruce Gardner. Well done to Heritage Stud for breeding him.”