The 2018 G1 SA Classic was marred when jockey Anthony Delpech took a nasty fall from his mount Majestic Mambo, tote favourite, 300 metres from home.
Delpech was eventually taken off the course on a stretcher, with the incident casting a nasty pall over the Turffontein racecourse.
The drama continued in the R2 000 000 SA Classic, when rank-outsider Lobo’s Legend defied his 36-1 odds to post the first G1 success of his career.
Trained by Joey Soma, the Klawervlei Stud bred colt downed some of Gauteng’s top three-year-olds to land the 1800m classic by a length and a half.
Recent Gauteng Guineas runner up Surcharge once again filled the second berth, finishing a neck clear of the well fancied Mike de Kock trained runner Like A Panther. The latter’s stable mate Noble Secret ran fourth.
The winner stopped the clock in a time of 110.77
Lobo’s Legend was trying the 1800m trip for a first time, having finished ninth, as favourite, in the Gold Rush Sprint over 1100m at his previous outing. A tongue tie appeared to assist the colt glide to the first feature race success of his career.
The winner, who now races for Larry Nestadt, Mark Currie, Jeff Shill and JR Van Der Linden in partnership with his trainer, was steered to SA Classic glory by jockey Muzi Yeni.
A R400 000 purchase from the 2016 CTS Cape Premier Yearling Sale, Lobo’s Legend is a first stakes winner for the Western Winter mare Gone Wild, whose six wins included the Listed Ladies Mile.
A half-sister to Winter Oaks winner Schism, Gone Wild herself was produced by the stakes winning Wolf Power mare Wild Wolverine.
South Africa’s latest equine millionaire, Lobo’s Legend took his tally to 2 wins, from six outings, and his earnings to R1 360 750 with his win on Saturday.