Shango Surprises In Dingaans

Trainer Sean Tarry and jockey Gavin Lerena made it back to back graded wins when they teamed up to win Saturday’s G2 TAB/Betting World Dingaans with 36-1 shot Shango.

Tarry and Lerena had also won the G2 New Turf Carriers Merchants at Turffontein on the same card with the talented Mardi Gras.

Bred by the Heritage Stud, Shango looked held by a number of runners on his last out effort when he finished 6.5 lengths behind fellow Dingaans contender Frosted Gold –and he was meeting the latter on 4kgs worse off.

Mike de Kock appeared to have a strong hand in Saturday’s R500 000 feature for 3yos, sending out recent G3 Graham Beck Stakes winner Frosted Gold and unbeaten Vercingetorix colt Marshall. The latter was sent out tote favourite for the Dingaans but proved a disappointment when finishing one from last.

Donderweer went out to make the running, with last season’s graded stakes winners Cockney Pride and Eden Roc racing just off the front runner and favourite Marshall racing midfield.

Lerena bought Shango with a sustained run towards the outside, as Frosted Gold and Cockney Pride appeared to have the finish settled between them.

However, Shango powered home, and got up close home to register a 2.75 length win over All Too Hard gelding Frosted Gold, with G2 Zulu Kingdom Explorer Golden Slipper winner Cockney Pride back in third spot.

Now a two time winner from six starts (he has been unplaced just once), Shango claimed the 2019 Dingaans in a time of 96.57

The colt, a first graded stakes winner for the Klawervlei Stud based Equus Champion Sprinter Captain Of All, is out of the four time winning Jet Master mare Scorched –dam also of Shango’s G2 placed three-parts brother Captain And Master.

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