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Crome Yellow Scores Well Judged Win In Cape Summer Stayers

Trainer Andre Nel and owner-breeder Sabine Plattner appear to have a decent sort on their hands in the form of Crome Yellow.

The latter, a six-year-old gelded son of Trippi, made it back to back feature race wins when he received a well timed ride to lift the spoils in Saturday’s G3 WSB Leaders In Ante Post Cape Summer Stayers Handicap (2500m) at Kenilworth racecourse.

In winning the Cape Summer Stayers, Crome Yellow made amends for his runner up finish in the same race of 2019.

Winner of the Listed Woolavington Handicap last time out, Crome Yellow, who appeared held by a few runners on the weights for Saturday’s race, was allowed to start an 11-2 shot in Saturday’s race -with the 2020 Cape Summer Stayers having a wide open look to it.

Longshot Meliora went out to make the running, and was well clear of his field early on, as the Drakenstein Stud sponsored jockey Grant Van Niekerk dropped the eventual winner to the back of the field.

Meliora was quickly swallowed up as the field turned for home, as first Kampala Campari, a stablemate to the winner, and then Azores launched challenges down the outside and centre of the track respectively.

However, Van Niekerk, despite his mount coming off the bit, bought Crome Yellow with a late run which smothered his rivals, and Crome Yellow went on to land his first graded race by three-parts of a length. The quietly fancied Retro Effect (backed from 14-1 into 9-1) stayed on down the inside for second, with the flashy Azores just a short head further back in third.

Crome Yellow, who landed Saturday’s G3 contest in a time of 156.04, has now eight wins, from 27 starts, to his name.

One of 79 stakes winners for Drakenstein’s resident champion sire Trippi, Crome Yellow is out of the four time winning mare Senorita Sol (by Jallad) -whose five other winners include Listed East Cape Oaks heroine Solana.

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