The Highway Man holds them to ransom

The Highway Man holds them to ransom

April 01, 2019 / 1 year ago

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The Highway Man hung on gamely to win. (Pauline Herman Photography)

Three-year-old gelding The Highway Man, soundly beaten in his two previous starts, recovered some of his good earlier form to spring a 40-1 surprise in Friday’s Listed R150 000 East Cape Guineas at Fairview for Muzi Yeni and Gavin Smith. 

Justin Snaith’s Cape challenger Frank Lloyd Wright and Harold Crawford’s Dynamite Jack made this a quality line-up, and the former Gauteng galloper Drop Kick ensured that this was always going to be a tough contest for the home team to win. 

But The Highway Man didn’t know his betting odds. He showed superior fight and fitness and was taken to the front early at a steady clip, with Madame Speaker not letting him out of her sights and the other contenders waiting for the leaders to come back to them. 

The Highway Man fought resolutely all the way to the wire and stayed on well to win by a quarter length from a low-flying Dynamite Jack, clocking a time of 97,02 secs. Madame Speaker finished a further quarter length back in third and the top trio were well ahead of the fourth-placed Drop Kick. 

The winner, a R30,000 buy from the CTS March Yearling Sale, was registering his fourth win with 5 places from 15 starts for stakes of R270 825. He was bred by Dr Ian Heyns and is a son of Querari (Oasis Dream) out of the three-time winning Kahal mare, La Mascarata. 

The Highway Man races for owner Lesley Williams’ Marimba Syndicate.