Belgarion Shines In Green Point Stakes

Last season’s G1 Vodacom Durban July winner Belgarion made a breathtaking return to racing when he won the G2 World Sports Betting Green Point Stakes (1600m) at Kenilworth on Saturday.

The Alec and Gillian Foster bred and owned five-year-old had not raced since landing July 25th’s Vodacom Durban July, but showed his class in Saturday’s race with a commanding performance.

The field for the Green Point Stakes was reduced to eight, with the late scratching of recent winner Silver Operator at the start.

Consistent entire Cirillo, who was bidding to provide trainer Sean Tarry with a second graded winner on Saturday, went out to make the running, and led from Captain Of Stealth, with the eventual winner Belgarion racing at the back of the field.

Cirillo continued to lead as the field turned for home, but was challenged close home by first the favourite Rainbow Bridge and then by Belgarion. The latter, under a confident ride from Richard Fourie, powered clear in the closing stages to go away and win by just under half a length. Rainbow Bridge, scratched from his Green Point prep, ran a stormed back in second, with the front running Cirillo game back in third spot- a short head behind the triple G1 winning Rainbow Bridge.

Now a winner of his last six races in a row (the five-year-old has won eight of his ten starts thus far), the Justin Snaith trained Belgarion claimed the 2020 Green Point Stakes in a time of 96.72.

The gelding, a likely contender for both the 2021 G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and G1 Cape Met, has now earnings of R1 673 125 to his name.

Belgarion is one of 73 stakes winners sired by deceased Horse Of The Year Dynasty, and the gelding is out of the Acatenango mare Riva-also dam of useful four-year-old Half And Half.

A half-sister to French G3 winner Oxava, Riva herself traces back in female line to the mare Black Brook -also the fifth dam of Dynasty!

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