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Captain America the hero in Greyville Grade 1

Greyville: home of South's Africa's number one race, the Durban July
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Report: South Africa, Saturday

Greyville: Rising Sun Gold Challenge (Grade 1) | 1m | turf | 3yo+

Captain America (Brett Crawford/Corne Orffer), part-owned by Diane Nagle, ran out a most convincing winner of the Greyville Grade 1 after being positioned in the first three throughout, before going clear over a furlong from home to beat the slow-starting Trip To Heaven by a length and a half.

The runner-up had finished first in this race 12 months ago only to lose it in the stewards' room.

At the other end of the field the favourite, Marinaresco, was a big disappointment. He had a decent position but failed to pick up and managed only 11th. New Predator, the horse Gavin Lerena flew back from Britain to ride, was seventh.

Orffer said: "Captain America is a big horse and he needs a bit of time to get going, but when I shook him up he gave me a really good kick."

Crawford added: "Before this he had never quite got this track right, but he put that to bed today. He has been the most amazing horse to train and I don't think you will find a more genuine sort."

Captain America was a 33-1 chance for the Vodacom Durban July but his price is expected to tumble after this, even though that race's 1m3f trip will stretch his stamina to the limit.

Result and analysis

Captain America is a big horse and he needs a bit of time to get going, but when I shook him up he gave me a really good kick
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