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When Western Cape champions Justin Snaith and Richard Fourie raid the Port Elizabeth tracks they invariably return with a winner or two.

The combination kept up their favourable East Cape strike-rate with a fluent win by the Australian bred Sir Frenchie (5-8 favourite) in the Listed R150 000  East Cape Sprint Cup at Fairview on Friday.

Braam van Huyssteen and William Henderson have been a lucky owner partnership over the years and the bright yellow and purple flag flew boldly in the 1200m contest.

Van Huyssteen’s spotted silks were seen across the width of the track, with four runners representing him. The favoured runner of the quartet, Sir Frenchie settled at the back for most of the race, though well in touch in a compact field.

At the halfway mark, Fourie started looking for a gap and it was clear that Sir Frenchie was full of running. When the gap appeared at the 250m mark, he ran into it and then geared away under an easy ride. Sir Frenchie beat Flight Captain by 2,25 lengths in a time of 67,35 secs.

An A$82 500 Magic Millions Adelaide purchase for Paul Lafferty from the Attunga Stud draft, Sir Frenchie is by Coolmore stallion Choisir and was the first winner for four-time winning Viscount mare Volando.

The 4yo gelding is a winner of 7 races with 5 places from his 23 starts and has banked stakes of R725 875. He was resold on the 2016 CTS Cape Ready To Run Sale for R500 000.