Witchcraft casts her spell in KZN Oaks

Witchcraft casts her spell in KZN Oaks

June 25, 2018 / 4 months ago

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Witchcraft led from pillar to post under Lyle Hewitson (Candiese Marnewick)

Sean Tarry’s hardknocking CTS purchase Witchcraft (16-1) enjoyed the very rare distinction of achieving the KZN Oaks double when she dictated matters under an enterprising ride by Lyle Hewitson to win the Scottsville R300 000 Gr3 Track & Ball Oaks on Saturday.

The mare by Kahal won the race in much the same fashion as she had scored in 2016 at 25-1. She galloped all the way to the line to hold Meryl to 3,75 lengths in a time of 147,10 secs.

Alyson Wright saddled the favourite and recent SA Oaks runner-up Flichity By Farr. The daughter of Go Deputy was given every opportunity by Piere Strydom as she kept a top four position for most of the journey and made her move at the top of the straight.


But the Avontuur-sponsored Lyle Hewitson had other ideas and he dictated the race perfectly to have enough in reserve when it counted.

A R400 000 CTS Johannesburg Ready To Run Sale graduate, Witchcraft has now won 6 races with 8 places from 23 starts and took her earnings to R838 925.

Bred by Summerhill Stud, she is by the ill-fated Kahal (Machiavellian) out of the Irish mare Deceptive Charm, who is out of a Sadler’s Wells/Mill Reef mare, String Quartet.

This is a female line that has proved itself successful at the highest level in South African racing, including the likes of Gr1 Gold Bowl winner Mosszao, as well as Autumn Lodge.

Witchcraft races for Chris van Niekerk, Bruce Gardner and Ken Truter.

-Extracts: Sporting Post.