GRADE 1 REVIEW : 2017-2018 RACING SEASON

Betting World Cape Flying Championship

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January 27, 2018
Sergeant Hardy

Klawervlei Stud’s deceased champion sire Captain Al was responsible for the winner of the G1 Betting World Cape Flying Championship for a second year running, when the Justin Snaith trained Sergeant Hardy won the 2018 running of the 1000m sprint.

Captain Al daughter Carry On Alice had won the Cape Flying Championship 12 months earlier when narrowly holding off a challenge from stable mate Trip To Heaven.

The latter once again took his place in the field for the 2018 Cape Flying Championship, with Trip To Heaven eventually starting a 9-2 chance for the race.

Sergeant Hardy, who jumped 10-3 tote favourite, was always up with the running and the four-year-old kept galloping resolutely to score a 1.25 length win over the luckless Trip To Heaven.

The latter, second in the Cape Flying Championship for the second year running, finished a neck clear to third placed finisher Live Life (like Trip To Heaven, sired by Drakenstein Stud’s resident sire Trippi). Long-shot Brutal Force defied his 50-1 odds to finish fourth, beaten 2.2 lengths by the winner.

Sergeant Hardy, who was picking up his first G1 win, was one of three G1 winners on the day for trainer Justin Snaith. Snaith would later land both the G1 Klawervlei Majorca and G1 Sun Met with Snowdance and Oh Susanna respectively.

Bred and raced by Veronica Foulkes (she races the gelding in partnership with her son Oscar), Sergeant Hardy lifted the R625 000 first prize in a time of 58.74.

The gelding, whose previous successes included the 2016 G3 Cape Of Good Hope Nursery and Listed Summer Juvenile Stakes, took his tally to eight wins from 17 outings and his bank balance to R1 823 375.

One of 17 G1 winners for his champion sire, Sergeant Hardy is the only stakes winner, and one of 3 winners, produced by the Hard Up mare Hard Lady. The latter won four times up to 1200m and ran third in the Listed East Cape Breeders Stakes.