SHENANIGANS UPSETS BETTING WORLD 2200
Champion trainer Sean Tarry wasted no time in getting on the board on Vodacom Durban July day on Saturday when he saddled the well bred five-year-old Shenanigans to score a 10-1 win in the G3 Betting World 2200, run over 2200m at Hollywoodbets Greyville.
One of four runners from the Tarry yard in Saturday’s R500 000, Shenanigans benefitted from a superb ride from champion jockey Lyle Hewitson, who rose to the big occasion in fine style.
The Hong Kong bound Hewitson, bought his mount with a sweeping late run to split runners late on and went on to score a neck win at the expense of 13-1 shot Gimme One Night, with the latter regarded as a potential Gold Cup contender.
Mike de Kock’s The Dazzler stayed on for third –just over a length behind Shenanigans who was receiving 2.5kgs from The Dazzler.
The winner’s stablemate Zillzaal, who had made all the running as tote favourite, finished fourth to give Tarry a 1-4 finish in the Betting World 2200.
Shenanigans claimed his first feature race win, and fourth score from 14 runs, in a time of 135.04.
Hewitson later admitted after the race, that he had wanted to ride Zillzaal but Tarry insisted he stick with Shenanigans.
Bred by the Daytona Stud, Shenanigans, who is still an entire, was a R500 000 buy from the 2015 March Yearling Sale.
He is the 65th stakes winner for ill-fated former top Cape sire and Horse Of The Year Dynasty, and his dam Quizzy London is an unraced own sister to G1 Cape Fillies Guineas winner Sport’s Chestnut.
Shenanigans is bred on very similar lines to former Horse Of The Year and Triple Crown winner Horse Chestnut.
Images: Candiese Marnewick, Footage: Gold Circle