Undercover Agent holds Snowdance in Gr1 Gold Challenge

Undercover Agent holds Snowdance in Gr1 Gold Challenge

June 11, 2018 / 7 months ago

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Undercover Agent (Lyle Hewitson), wins the Rising Sun Gold Challenge (Candiese Marnewick)

The long-striding CTS purchase Undercover Agent gave part-owner Greg Bortz, SA log-leading champion apprentice Lyle Hewitson and Cape breeders Moutonshoek Stud, their respective first Gr1 victories, when the 3yo won the sprint for home to bank the first cheque in the R1 million Rising Sun Gold Challenge at Greyville on Saturday.

With only eight runners lining up for the final Vodacom Durban July guaranteed entry event of 2018, it was the 2017 title holder Captain America who led Copper Force and the initially headstrong Undercover Agent early.

Into the home run Captain America continued to gallop strongly as his stablemate Undercover Agent breathed down his neck, with Snaith star Snowdance and Sail South staying on well.

At the 250m a lack of fitness told on Captain America, as Undercover Agent charged past, with Snowdance in hot pursuit.

As he has done so often this season, the young Avontuur-sponsored Lyle Hewitson had timed his run to perfection and the colt when on to beat Snowdance by a half length in a time of 96,58 secs.

Hewitson said: “Undercover Agent ran against some hard knockers, but he put them under pressure with his big stride. It looked like they were going to catch us, but his tenacity and his stride pulled him through.”

Trainer Brett Crawford commented: “It’s great to have back-to-back wins in this race, to defend our title. Well done to (my assistant) Peter Muscutt, who is doing a wonderful job in KZN with our older horses. Thanks to the whole team, including (farrier) Robbie Dawson. Undercover Agent had a nasty over-reach a few weeks ago.”

Braam van Huyssteen, who owns Undercover Agent along with Bortz, congratulated his partner who was ill and could not make it to the track. “It’s all happening for us now, it’s great to be involved in this lovely sport,” he said.

A R325 000 Cape Premier Yearling Sale graduate, Undercover Agent is a winner of 5 races with 2 places from 10 starts and stakes of a bumper R4 041 875!

Bred by Moutonshoek,whose first Gr1 winner this was, the winner is a son of deceased champion Captain Al (Al Mufti) out of the twice winning Secret Risk (London News). -Extracts from Turf Talk and Sporting Post.