News from Gary Alexander Racing Stables
Unagi bounced back to form to record a good win at Turffontein over 1600m on the inside track on 04 February 2017. This was Unagi’s 4th win in 12 starts and the 3yr old will now be aimed at the Feature races in Gauteng over the next few months. Congratulations to winning owners; Jo & Bruce Gardner, Pravin Chetty; Greg Sadie & Darren Simpson. Unagi was bred by Summerhill Stud!
JP Van Der Merwe picked up the ride on Top Shot yesterday, after jockey Marco Van Rensburg was stood down and he gave Top Shot a pearl of a ride. Leading from start to finish it was a well judged ride by the jockey who steered Smart Call to victory in last year’s J&B Met. Top Shot is now a five time winner after beating a quality field in the Pinnacle Stakes over 1600m at Turffontein on 18 January 2017, on Sun Met Day. Congratulations to owners, Sherbet Angel( Nominee Mrs Jo Gardner); Greg Sadie & Mark Khan. Top Shot was bred by Summerhill Stud!
In a thrilling finish, jockey Andrew Fortune forced his way through on the fence to get Champagne Haze in front where it matters most, at Turffontein over 1200m on the 21 January 2017. This was Champagne Haze’s 4th victory in only 13 starts. The half brother of Pierre Jourdan is now set to take up his place in a few of the upcoming feature races this season. Congratulations to owners, Messrs L& J Werners, P Chetty, A Giuricich, B & J Gardner, G Sadie, D Simpson, J Labuschagne, S Mungaroo & Ms A Whicher. Champagne Haze was bred by Summerhill Stud!
Fangia quickened well in the final 400m to win a competitive MR 72 Handicap over 1800m, at Turffontein on 17 January 2017. Craig Zackey rode a copybook race and guided Fangia to a comfortable win. Congratulations to owners Jimmy Sarkis & Greg Blank!
Coby fought back in a thrilling finish to win her 7th race at Turffontein over 2450m on 14 January 2017. Leading apprentice Lyle Hewitson took Coby to the front in a slow run race, he dictated matters into the home run and although she was headed for a short while, she fought back courageously, it was a top class ride by the young, up and coming Hewitson. Congratulations to Sherbet Angel(nominee Jo Gardner). Coby was bred by Summerhill Stud.
Kangaroo Jack made it seven wins out of twelve starts at Turffontein over 1400m on Saturday 14 January 2017. Leading Jockey Andrew Fortune had “KJ” just off the pace, but once in the straight “KJ” made up ground quickly and hit the front to win comfortably under a confident ride. Congratulations to owner Joyce Wallace and her family!
Secret Vision unbeaten since sporting blinkers, came out all guns blazing, to win a good contest over 1200m on Thursday 12 January 2017 at the Vaal Racecourse. Jockey Andrew Fortune, he had her handily placed throughout the race and when he asked her for an effort she quickened well to hold the favourite at bay. Congratulations to the owners; Andrew Fortune, Greg Bortz, Laurence & Jarryd Wernars & Braam Van Huyssteen!
Under a good ride by Jockey Chase Maujean Beaufort Sea held on to win a competitive MR 66 handicap over 1600m at the Vaal on Tuesday 10 January 2017. Congratulations to owner Val Davidson and breeders Lammerskraal Stud
Pivotal Pursuit produced a powerful finish in soft underfoot conditions to win the feature event at the Vaal on 27 December 2016 over 1200m. Andrew Fortune riding at the top of his game, gave Pivotal a peach of a ride to get him home comfortably at the line. Congratulations to owners Jimmy Sarkis & Greg Sadie. Pivotal Pursuit was bred by Drakenstein Stud.
Crystal Glamour done it the hard way, but under another top ride by Andrew Fortune she fought on to claim her 4th victory in only 11 starts at Turffontein over 1400m on 24 December 2016. The manner in which she won this race suggests that she is on the up and if she keeps progressing, a graded stakes win is on the cards for this daughter of Seventh Rock, bred by the Ascot Stud. Congratulations to owner Derick van Rensburg and his family!