News from Gary Alexander Racing Stables
Top Shot fought to the line to obtain his 8th win of his career on Saturday 25 January 2020 at Turffontein Racecourse. Well ridden by champion apprentice Luke Ferraris, he made an early move and got Top Shot going at the right time to hold off a late challenge by the favourite. It was a win full of merit for the 8-year-old gelding over the marathon distance of 2600m. He is in good form and he could pull off a minor feature in the near future. Congratulations to owners Bruce & Jo Gardner & Greg Sadie. Top Shot was bred by Summerhill Stud.
Consistent filly The Jocelyn Tree finally got her reward and shed her maiden tag over 2400M at the Vaal Racecourse on 23 January 2020. Well ridden by Joe Gwingwizha he had the favourite well placed and asked her for her effort at the right time to secure an easy win. Congratulations to owners IAA Racing Syndicate(Nominee Mr AS Reid): The Jocelyn Tree was bred by Mr AS Reid.
Mount Laurel dug down deep to win the Grade 3 Three Troikas Stakes at Turffontein over 1400m on 04 January 2020. Craig Zackey rode a top race to get her nose in front where it matters most. Mount Laurel is now 4 from 5 and she should keep improving as she matures. Congratulations to owners Gary Alexander Racing Stables cc, Jimmy Cook, Bob Yearham, Nigel Atherton, Clive Tavener & Suzan Louw. Mount Laurel was bred by Mauritzfontein & Wilgerbosdrift Studs.
Liberado(NZ) ran out an easy winner over the straight mile at the Vaal on Christmas Eve, he relished the soft underfoot conditions and Denis Schwarz came from near the back of the field on him to win going away. It should pay to follow Liberado(NZ) in similar conditions, he has ability and should win more races this season. Congratulations to Owners; Ralphs Racing (Pty) Ltd (Nominee Miss K Ralphs); Pravin Chetty, Adrian Giuricich; Gerald Kalil & Greg Sadie. Liberado(NZ) was bred by Caradale (Pty) Ltd, NSW, Australia
Denis Schwarz who becomes a fully-fledged jockey on 13th January 2020 rode a good race, to get Master & Man up by a short head, at the Vaal on Christmas eve. Master & Man dwelt at the start and Denis found himself further back than he wanted to be, to make matters worse they slowed the pace down to a crawl, which is not ideal for Master & Man. But Denis made up ground early in the straight on Master & Man and ultimately this move won him the race, which turned out to be a bit of a sprint to the line. This was Master & Man’s 4th win and this Await the Dawn gelding is on the up, it should pay to follow him through the season. Congratulations to owners Bruce & Jo Gardner & Gary Alexander. Master & Man was bred by Summerhill Stud!
After finishing two good seconds in his last two starts in Feature races, Chijmes always looked like the horse to beat in the Progress Plate at Turffontein over 1400m on 14 December 2019. He did not disappoint and was always in control to win a good contest under a good ride by apprentice Denis Schwarz. Congratulations to owners Mr & Mrs JM Ulcoq & Mr & Mrs R Napier. Chijmes was bred by Summerhill Stud.
Denis Schwarz who will be qualifying as a jockey next month, rode a smart race on The Bosbok at Turffontein on 14 December 2019. From a deep draw he got to the front and dictated matters, when asked, The Bosbok quickened well and stayed on strongly to win the 2850m trip in fluent fashion. This was The Bosbok’ s third win from 15 starts and he is developing into a nice stayer. The Bosbok was bred by Summerhill Stud.
Well ridden by champion apprentice Luke Ferraris, Seeking Gold finished well to win a competitive FM 76 race, at Turffontein over 2000m on Charity Mile Day, on 2nd November 2019. Seeking Gold is now a four-time winner. Seeking Gold races in the Gary & Dean Alexander partnership and was bred by Summerhill Stud.
Mount Laurel made it three from three after her impressive win on Saturday 19 September 2019, at Turffontein Racecourse over 1450m. It was a step up in class and distance for her, but she responded instantly when asked for an effort by leading apprentice Denis Schwarz, to win going away. Congratulations to owners Gary Alexander Racing Stables cc ( N Atherton, C Tavener & J Cook) B Yearham & Ms S Louw. Mount Laurel was bred by Wilgebosdrift Stud.
Master & Man fought back to win by half a length over 2400m at the Vaal on 10 October 2019. Jockey Warren Kennedy had him well placed throughout and they hit the front early. Master & Man started to loaf in front and was headed but he fought back to get there where it matters most. Congratulations to owners Bruce & Jo Gardner & Gary Alexander. Master & Man was bred by Summerhill Stud.