Christopher Robin Stamps Summer Cup Ticket

The St John Gray bred, owned and trained Christopher Robin ensured himself a berth in the 2020 G1 World Sports Betting Summer Cup (2000m) at the end of the month when he won Saturday’s G3 Victory Moon Stakes (1800m) at Turffontein.

Winner of last season’s Listed Derby Trial, four-year-old Christopher Robin had been second in two previous starts prior to Saturday’s R125 000 Victory Moon Stakes (a race won by the now Sandown Stud based stallion Soqrat last year), but went one better with a convincing display in Saturday’s feature race.

Last out G2 Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile sixth Astrix was sent out a luke-warm 15-4 tote favourite for the Victory Moon Stakes despite having a wide draw to overcome.

The favourite tracked the front running Orpheus (16-1), as the latter led stablemate Seven Patriots (13-2) and Snow Palace (13-1), with Christopher Robin racing well off the pace under a patient ride from former champion jockey S’Manga Khumalo.

With 300m left to run, it was anyone’s race, but Khumalo bought his mount with a late flourish, as the pair stayed on to split runners close home, before Christopher Robin went on to land the first graded race of his career by a visually impressive two and a half lengths.

Favourite Astrix, conceding the winner 3kgs, was not disgraced back in second, with the filly Victoria Paige (15-4) staying on for third, three and three-quarter lengths off the winner –whose stablemate Dance Class (5-1) took fourth over a trip short of her best.

Now a six time winner from 26 starts, Christopher Robin claimed the 2020 Victory Moon Stakes in a time of 112.35.

He is the only graded stakes winner sired by Rakeen horse Damage Is Done –who won four times up to 2000m.

Christopher Robin was produced by the smart Malhub mare Onehundredacrewood, whose five wins included a score in the Listed Bauhinia Handicap, and further back, this is the same family as exported Cape Guineas winner Kilindini.