Twice Over gets first top-level scorer as Sand And Sea strikes
Report: South Africa, Saturday
Scottsville: Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion (Grade 1) 6f, turf, 2yo
Twice Over, trained by Sir Henry Cecil to win 12 races including two Champion Stakes and an Eclipse, sired his first top-level winner when Sand And Sea (Dennis Drier/Anton Marcus) proved much too good for the opposition. The colt carries the colours of Investec boss Bernard Kantor, who was instrumental in Twice Over standing in South Africa.
The 4-1 chance lost ground at the start, but he was good enough to lead just under two furlongs out before drawing away to score by two and a quarter lengths easing up from 12-1 shot Varallo.
Marcus, winning this race for the fourth successive year, said: "He showed today what he was all about."
Drier, whose record is even better – he has trained six of the last eight winners, added: "I said beforehand that this horse knows how good he is, let's just see how good - and now I'm over the moon. When you get a horse like this you are blessed."
Also on Saturday
Scottsville: Allan Robertson Championship (Grade 1) 6f, turf, 2yo fillies
Brave Mary (Paul Matchett/Gunter Wrogemann) sprang a 30-1 shock, leading over a furlong out to beat favourite Green Plains by a length and three-quarters.
The runner-up gave chase as soon as the winner hit the front but she never looked like getting on terms.
Wrogermann said: "This was a big step up in class but we were hoping for a good run. They went very hard up front and I got a nice lead but she really surprised me by the way she quickened up."
Matchett, who is based in Johannesburg, added: "We have come a long way but winning this makes it all worthwhile."
Scottsville: South African Fillies Sprint (Grade 1) 6f, turf, 3yo+ fillies and mares
Carry On Alice (Sean Tarry/S'Manga Khumalo) delivered the hoped-for fairytale ending to her great career, leading over a furlong from home to beat the strong-finishing Just Sensual by a length.
The five-year-old Captain Al mare was winning her fifth Grade 1 and now goes to Australia where she will begin her broodmare career.
Khumalo said: "This is a special mare, quite remarkable, and today the plan was to get her to relax and when she hit the front I could feel she still had plenty in hand."
Tarry added: "There has been a lot of talk about how much racing she has had [29 races] and how busy she has been, but she is tough and hardy. At the 300-metre mark she still hadn't come off the bridle and the one-length winning distance was flattering."
Scottsville: Tsogo Sun Sprint (Grade 1 handicap) 6f, turf, 3yo+
Fears about the outside proving slower had long been discounted by this stage and Bull Valley (Tarry/Khumalo) powered home at 61-10 to beat Search Party (17-2) by a length and a half. The winner is a son of the Aidan O'Brien-trained Toreador.
Tarry said: "He needed his last run more than I anticipated and he is not the soundest of individuals. I didn't run him in the Computaform as I was worried he might have picked up a penalty for this."