News from Gary Alexander Racing Stables
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.
Jockey Ryan Munger always had Saragon in touch with the leaders and rode a good race to get Saragon home by over a length at the line to win her maiden in good style, at Turffontein Racecourse on 27 January 2018 over 1160m. This was Saragon’s first win and this daughter of Ideal World(USA) shouldn’t stop here! Congratulations to owners, Mesdames A Venter, M Jeffery & Mr S Jeffery.
Top workrider Sam Mosia rode a copybook race to win on Going Going Gone at Turffontein Racecourse over 1600m on Saturday 27 January 2018. This son of Visionaire(USA) is bred for further and should keep improving throughout the season. Congratulations to owners, Poovie Moonsammy, Bruce & Jo Gardner. Going Going Gone was bred by Summerhill Stud.
Hero’s Honour ran out an impressive winner under leading jockey Anthony Delpech to break his maiden over 1600m on Saturday 20 January 2018 at Turffontein Racecourse. He should continue to improve and there will be more to come from this son of Await The Dawn(USA). Congratulations to owners, Messrs J & L Wernars, B Gardner G Sadie & Mrs J Gardner. Hero’s Honour was bred by Summerhill Stud.
A masterful ride by jockey Piere Strydom on board Candy Kisses at Turffontein Racecourse over 1400m, on Saturday 7 January 2018, saw her shed her maiden tag in good style. Candy Kisses blinkered for the first time was out in a flash, overcame the deep draw and Strydom just kept her balanced to win a good contest. She should go on from here. Congratulations to owner Anthony Joannides and family!
Piere Strydom was oh so cool on Cash Time at the Vaal Racecourse on 04 January 2018 to record back to back victories for the son of Givemethegreenlight(AUS)over 2000m. Cash Time carried a hefty top weight of 61.5Kg, which made this three year olds when even more impressive. It should pay to follow him through the season. Congratulations to owners Messrs Y Ebrahim, M Wright, P Haripersad & A Fortune. Cash Time was bred by Hemel n Aarde Stud.
Seeking Gold ran on resolutely to dead heat with Teenage Dream at the Vaal over 1700m on Thursday 14 December 2017. Under a strong ride from leading jockey Gavin Lerena he got up to share over a distance which is a bit on the short side for Seeking Gold. Congratulations to owner Hylton Odendaal. Seeking Gold was bred by Summerhill Stud!
A masterful ride by Piere Strydom saw the talented Kangaroo Jack back in the winners box. “KJ” has been a bit unlucky in recent starts and there were excuses for his below par runs. However Tuesday night 12 December 2017 at Turffontein, Piere Strydom got the best out of “KJ” to win a competitive Pinnacle 1160m. It may pay to follow this son of Querari this season. Congratulations to owner Joyce Wallace and her family!
Coming from well off the pace, the Australian bred filly Radiant Splendour(AUS) produced a powerful finish to get up in the shadow of the post over 1160m at Turffontein on 26 November 2017. Champion apprentice Lyle Hewitson once again producing the goods. Congratulations to owners Rob Scott & Mark Currie. Radiant Splendour was bred by Patinack Farm, NSW, Australia.