News from Gary Alexander Racing Stables
The nominees for Champion Stayer for the 2018 Racing Association award were , Fortissima, Just Cruised In, Let it Rain, Secret Potion & Hero’s Honour. In a hotly contested category the vote went to Hero’s Honour. The stable is delighted for owners Laurence & Jaryd Wernars, Greg Sadie, Bruce & Joanne Gardner. It is wonderful to pick up another Racing Association award, especially with this young horse who should continue to improve as he matures. Hero’s Honour was also nominated for Champion 3 year old but the vote went to the well deserved Monks Hood. Hero’s Honour was bred by Summerhill Stud who also bred Champion three year old filly Takingthepeace, whose dam Lisa Anne was trained by Gary Alexander.
Top workrider Joe Gwingwizha made his move at the right time on Brand New Cadillac, in the maiden 2450m at Turffontein on Saturday, 12 May 2018. Brand New Cadillac raced from off the pace and Joe moved him up early on the bend to get him into contention early in the straight. BNC produced a sustained run to beat his stable mate Imoto, who ran on late. BNC stays well and should win again over similar distances during the off season on the Highveld. Congratulations to owners: A Giuricich; B Seggar; P Chetty, G Kalil; G Knowles; D Simpson; B Gardner & Miss J Alexander. Brand New Cadillac was bred by Summerhill Stud.
Hero’s Honour stayed on well to win the South African Derby (GR 1) under a top ride by former Champion Jockey Mark Khan, at Turffontein Racecourse on 05 May 2018. Hero’s Honour made it three South African Derby’s for the Stable, the first was Silver Sliver in 2000, followed by Timber Trader(NZ) in 2002. Timber Trader(NZ) was also ridden by Mark Khan. Congratulations to owners Messrs J & L Wernars, B Gardner, G Sadie & Mrs J Gardner. Hero’s Honour was bred by Summerhill Sud!
Jockey Chase Maujean had Saragon well placed and when he asked her for an effort about 450m out, she quickened well to win going away at Turffontein Racecourse, in a 1600FM handicap on Saturday 28 April 2018. Saragon is on the up and it should be worth following this daughter of Ideal World(USA) in the future. Congratulations to owners: Ashleigh Venter & Michelle & Simon Jeffery.
Apprentice Denis Schwarz rode a copy book race and got Animal Lover(AUS) to find more where it mattered most to crack her maiden, over 2000m at the Vaal Racecourse, on 26 April 2018. This was Animal Lover’s(AUS) first attempt over this distance and she won a good race, in spite of racing green. She should keep improving and it may pay to follow her. Congratulations to owners Dan Side, Rob Scott & Mark Currie.
Sha Boom Sha Boom ran on resolutely from near the back of the field to win a competitive MR 76 FM Handicap at the Vaal on Thursday 12 April 2018. Well ridden by jockey Chase Maujean, he had her switched off in the early stages and when he asked her for an effort she finished well to get home near the line. Congratulations to owner Mrs Joyce Wallace.
There is no doubt that AP Chanel runs her best races when Lyle Hewitson rides her. After yesterday Lyle has won 3 on her , 2 seconds and a third from 7 rides. She came from way back but moved up well in the straight and when Lyle asked her she responded well to win going away, at the Vaal over 2000m on Saturday 24 March 2018. AP Chanel is now a 6 time winner, congratulations to owners; G Alexander, A Giuricich, B Yearham, G Kalil, F Dippenaar, P Moonsammy, G Sadie & Mrs A Whicher. AP Chanel was bred by Summerhill stud.
Odd Rob found his best form to win a competitive MR 67, 2400m at the Vaal on 06 March 2018. Well ridden by Jockey Ryan Munger, he gave Odd Rob a patient ride from a wide draw and when he asked him for an effort Odd Rob produced a strong finish to come from almost last to win comfortably at the line. Congratulations to owners Mrs M Jeffery & Mr S Jeffery. Odd Rob was bred by Bosworth Farm Stud.
Champagne Haze can turn it on and when he does, he is absolutely brilliant! Under a superb and well judged ride by leading apprentice Lyle Hewitson, Champagne Haze produced an astonishing finish to come from way off the pace to win going away in the Tommy Hotspur Handicap(GR3)at Turffontein on Saturday 17 February 2018. A race close to our hearts, because we were fortunate enough to train the great “ Tommy Hotspur.” This was Champagne Haze’s prep run for the Senor Santa(GR2), which he won in similar fashion last year. Congratulations to owners, Messrs J & L Wernars, P Chetty, B Gardner, A Giuricich, J Labuschagne, S Mungaroo, G Sadie, D Simpson & Mrs. J Gardner.
Team Valor recently acquired this up and coming daughter of Lope De Vega(IRE) and the purchase by Barry Irwin may be on the button. Under a cool ride by apprentice Denis Schwarz, he dropped Radiant Splendour(AUS) off the pace and produced her at the right time to win her second start and keep her unbeaten record, over 1400m at Turffontein Racecourse, on Saturday 27 January 2018. Congratulations to owner, Team Valor International (Nom: Mr B Irwin). Radiant Splendour(AUS) was bred by Patinack Farm NSW, Australia.