The combination of Sean Tarry, Lyle Hewitson and Chris Van Niekerk picked up their second graded win on Saturday, when they teamed up to win the G2 Durban Golden Horseshoe at Hollywoodbets Greyville with the unbeaten Eden Roc.

It was a second time that Tarry and Van Niekerk won the Golden Horseshoe with a son of Var, with the pair having won the 2017 race with Var son Purple Diamond. However, the pair went one better in 2019, with Tarry/Van Niekerk also involved with runner up Putontheredlight.

All the rage, and widely regarded as the best bet on the 12 race card, recent G1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion winner Eden Roc was dispatched a 17-20 favourite and duly lived up to expectations.

Outsider Poinciana went off to make the running, as Hewitson dropped the favourite out to race mid-field.

Turning for home, it was anyone’s race, but Eden Roc produced a fine turn of foot and exploded past his rivals to win the 1400m contest by a long neck over his promising stable mate Putontheredlight.

The latter finished just over a length and three quarters in front of the smart looking Invidia who took third –with the Tobie Spies trained Loosen Your Tie taking fourth place.

Now unbeaten in three races, the Varsfontein Stud bred Eden Roc claimed the Golden Horseshoe in a time of 85.72.

He is one of 47 stakes winners sired by the Forest Wildcat sire Var, whose progeny also include the Equus Champions Variety Club, Val De Ra and Via Africa.

Out of the G2 Odessa Fillies Championship winner Townsend (a Captain Al half-sister to the Tarry trained G1 winner Regal Ransom), Eden Roc was a R340 000 buy from the 2018 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.

Images: Candiese Marnewick, Footage: Gold Circle