Black Nap Lands Settler Trophy
For a second year running, the Listed Settlers Trophy (2000m) was by a son of Ridgemont Highlands’ late star sire Dynasty (pictured).
The latter provided 2019 Settlers Trophy, and subsequent G1 Vodacom Durban July winner, Belgarion, while Black Knap (91-20) provided Dynasty with a quick Settlers Trophy when he won Saturday’s renewal at Durbanville.
Both Belgarion and Black Knap race for owner-breeders Alec and Gillian Foster.
Last year’s Settlers Trophy runner up Herodotus went out to make the running, and led early from the likes of Cedar Man (50-1) and Love Happens (3-1).
Herodotus continued to gallop turning for home, but was challenged, and passed, close home by Bayberry as Black Knap launched a strong challenge down the inside.
Despite jockey MJ Byleveld putting up half a kilo overweight, the Vaughan Marshall trained Black Knap proved too strong for Bayberry and stayed on to post a long neck victory.
The consistent Bayberry (7-2) took second, finishing a length clear of third place finisher Silver De Lange (16-1), with Herodotus taking fourth.
Bayberry’s stable mate Love Happens proved the disappointment of the race, finishing a well beaten sixth.
Picking up his first black type win, Black Knap (now a winner of two of seven starts) claimed the 2020 Settlers Trophy in a time of 120.58.
The 73rd stakes winner for his sire, Black Knap is the third stakes winner produced by the Western Winter Wintersweet. The latter, a winning own sister to the G3 placed dam of graded stakes winners Black Arthur and Robert The Bruce, has produced five winners thus far headed by G1 Cape Guineas winner Tap O’ Noth (by Captain Al) and G3 Cape Summer Stayers winner Strathdon (by Silvano).