Favourite Lands The Langerman

July winning trainer Justin Snaith may have been beaten in Sunday’s Listed Prince Florimund Irridescence Stakes when his filly Captain’s Ransom was just touched off, but Snaith bounced back in the very next race when his charge Jet Dark captured the G3 Beaumont Stud Langerman (1500m) at Kenilworth.

A smart winner on debut, the Drakenstein Stud bred Jet Dark had finished second to unbeaten Invincabelle on his only other start, and he was backed down to start the 3-1 favourite for a race won previously by the likes of Prince Florimund, Variety Club and One World.

Hyde Park (3-1), stablemate to Jet Dark, went out to make the running, with the favourite racing just off the pace under jockey Greg Cheyne.

The front runner faced a number of challenges close to home, as debut winner Lineback (7-1) launched a promising looking run towards the inside.

However, when Cheyne asked Jet Dark the question, the colt quickened up and went on to edge Linebacker to score by half a length.

The front running Hyde Park stayed on for third, to provide the red hot Snaith stable with a 1-3 finish in one of the Cape’s most important and historic races for two-year-olds.

Now a winner of two of just three starts, Jet Dark claimed the 2020 Langerman in a time of 96.91.

A 200 000 buy from the 2019 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, Jet Dark is the 77th stakes winner sired by Drakenstein Stud’s resident sire Trippi (pictured above) – South Africa’s Champion Sire of 2015-2016.

He is out of the winning Jet Master mare Night Jet, a half-sister to Thukela Handicap winner Brown Penny and G1 Mercury Sprint runner up Night Trip (by Trippi).