News from Gary Alexander Racing Stables
Gaian Glory unexpectedly won on debut at Turffontein Racecourse on Saturday 20 April 2019 over 1000m. Ridden by stable rider Denis Schwarz, Gaian Glory was a bit slow away and got hampered shortly after the start. She raced near the back of the field and started progressing soon after entering the straight. At the 300m mark she was had about 3 lengths to make up on the leaders, she finished strongly to win by over four lengths. Congratulations to owners; Ron & Bev Napier; Jean Marc & Clotilde Ulcoq & Colin Millar. Gaian Glory was bred by Summerhill Stud!
Earlier in his career The Bee Eff Gee showed that he needed ground, but when tried, he just was not strong enough to handle it. He has taken time to come to hand and won a good race over 2000m at Turffontein on Saturday 23 February 2019 to shed his maiden tag. Under a strong ride from Jockey Sherman Brown he got the chestnut Await The Dawn gelding to produce a sustained finish and hit the front in the final few strides. Congratulations to owners; A llinder; S Louw & D Alexander. The Bee Eff Gee was bred by Summerhill Stud.
Liberado(NZ) has always shown good potential and it has been a bit frustrating that he didn’t shed his maiden tag in his first few starts, A combination of different things led to him being a tad luckless at times. But he got it all right and won a good contest over 1600m at Turffontein on Saturday 23 February 2019 to crack his maiden in good style. Another good ride by top apprentice Denis Schwarz, he had Liberado(NZ) well placed and produced him at the right time to win well. Congratulations to owners; Ralphs Racing (Pty) Ltd (Nom: Miss K Ralphs), P Chetty, B & J Gardner, G Sadie, G Kalil & A Giuricich. Liberado(NZ) was bred by Caradale (Pty)Ltd, NSW, Australia
Nimcha went from pillar to post to shed his maiden tag at Turffontein over 1800m on 09 February 2019. A late maturing son of Golden Sword, Nimcha should keep improving and it may pay to follow him this season. Another top ride by apprentice Denis Schwarz he timed it beautifully and Kept Nimcha going to win a good race. Congratulations to owner Mr P Moonsammy. Nimcha was bred by Summerhill Stud!
Hero’s Honour showed his class in a fluent win at Turffontein over 1600m on 09 February 2019, in a competitive assessment plate. Well ridden by apprentice Denis Schwarz, he had Hero’s Honour well placed just off the pace and when he asked for an effort Hero’s Honour responded instantly and produced a strong finish to win going away. Congratulations to owners; Laurence & Jarryd Wernars, Bruce & Jo Gardner & Greg Sadie. Hero’s Honour was bred by Summerhill Stud!
Zeal and Zest was back to his best on Saturday at Turffontein Racecourse on 02 February 2019. Under a good ride from apprentice Denis Schwarz, Zeal & Zest kept finding to beat a competitive field over 2000m at his home track. Zeal & Zest is now a five-time winner and the way he won suggests that there is more to come from this son of Traffic Guard. Congratulations to owners, Pravin Chetty, Sunil Mungaroo, Darren Simpson, Brian Seggar, Adrian Giuricich and Gary Alexander. Zeal & Zest was bred by Summerhill Stud!
Despite still being in need of the race, Hero’s Honour came from off the pace and ran on strongly to get the better of his younger rivals over 1600m at Turffontein on 12 January 2019. The 2018 SA Derby(GR1) winner was all guts in the run to the line and he is on track for bigger races coming up later in the season. Congratulations to owners, Laurence & Jarryd Wernars, Bruce & Jo Gardner & Greg Sadie. Hero’s Honour was bred by Summerhill Stud!
He did it the hard way! But Chijmes was impressive in staying on resolutely to beat a competitive field in the Listed Sea Cottage Stakes at Turffontein on 06 January 2019. Another well judged ride by apprentice Denis Schwarz, he took Chijmes to the front and dictated matters to steer the chestnut Ato gelding to a good win. Chijmes will be aimed at the upcoming Highveld Classics. Congratulations to owners Jean Marc & Clotilde Ulcoq and Ron & Bev Napier. Chijmes was bred by Summerhill Stud!
Just like a good red wine; Odd Rob seems to be improving with age. Carrying top weight in a competitive field Odd Rob produced a strong finish under Denis Schwarz to win a good contest over 1800m at Turffontein on 29 December 2018. He recorded his 7th win to finish the year off in style. Congratulations to the owners; Simon & Michelle Jeffery and Ashleigh Venter
It’s always a slight concern taking young horses to the Vaal Racecourse for the first time to race. You can never really be certain how they are going to handle the trip and how it will affect their performance. It was no problem for Kimberley Green she took it all in her stride and produced a powerful finish to win a competitive maiden 1450m on Thursday 27 December 2018. Denis Schwarz got her in the box seat from the start and was just biding his time behind the front runners. She responded instantly when he asked her for an effort and she ran on well to win a good contest. Congratulations to owners Anthony Joannides, Greg Sadie, Kirk Michael, Mark Wright & Gary Alexander. Kimberley Green was bred by Maine Chance Farms!