Golden Ducat Roars To Derby Win

Trainer Eric Sands saddled his third Cape Derby winner when his Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein bred charge Golden Duct (10-1) won Saturday’s G1 ARF Commemorative Cape Derby (2000m) at Kenilworth racecourse.

The regally bred, and recently gelded, Golden Ducat, a half-brother to the Sands trained Sun Met winner Rainbow Bridge and champion Hawwaam, had showed promise early on, and he came into Saturday’s R1 000 000 Cape Derby having finished strongly for fourth over 1500m.

With the late scratching of early Derby favourite Viva Rio (destined to continue his career in Hong Kong), favouritism for the 2020 Cape Derby was entrusted to impressive recent G3 City Of Cape Town Politician Stakes winner Silver Host, with the latter bidding to continue trainer Justin Snaith’s good run of success on Saturday’s Cape racecard.

Longshot On My Mind (50-1) went out to make the running, with both the eventual winner, under Craig Zackey, and the favoured Silver Host racing well off the pace.

Sachdev, a stablemate to Silver Host, was up with the pace, and turning for home, that gelded son of Silvano made his move under former champion jockey S’Manga Khumalo.

Sachdev (33-4) looked a hard horse to beat 200m out, but Zackey produced the lightly raced Golden Duct with a well timed challenge, and the pair drew clear to score a well judged half length win in Saturday’s 2000m race.

Sachdev defied stamina doubts with a fine run back in second, with the consistent Super Silvano (33-4) three and a quarter lengths off the winner back in third spot.

The favoured Silver Host failed to quicken when necessary, and he only managed to finish sixth.

Golden Ducat made it win number two from only five starts in a time of 125.51.

Raced by breeder Mary Slack, the gelding is a son of the Drakenstein Stud based Philanthropist, a son of Kris S who was North America’s Leading All Weather Sire back in 2014.

Golden Ducat is the third G1 winner produced by Jet Master’s G3 Prix Du Cap winning daughter Halfway To Heaven, South Africa’s Broodmare Of The Year in 2018-2019.