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True To Life Lands Magnolia Handicap

Trainer Johan Janse Van Vuuren and jockey Chase Maujean teamed up to win the first of the five graded races run at Turffontein on Saturday with pair claiming victory with True To Life in the G3 Gauteng Tourism Authority Magnolia Handicap over 1160 metres.

Sent off favourite, having down the promising Ikigai at her previous start, True To Life provided her trainer with a second win on the card with Van Vuuren having also claimed victory in the second with promising Argentinian bred gelding Mohican.

The likes of Sarah, Singforafa and Desert Rhythm were all to the fore early in Saturday’s sprint for fillies and mares, with the favourite, and eventual winner, settled just off the pace by jockey Chase Maujean.

True To Life stalking the freewheeling Sarah before hitting the front 100m from home and she bounded clear to land her first graded victory by an impressive three lengths.

Longshot Dancing Queen defied her 28-1 odds with a bold showing back in second place, with the speedy front running Sarah settling for third-3.25 lengths off the winner. Sarah was not disgraced by any means in third, with the What A Winter filly conceding the winner no less than 5.5kgs!

Bred, like reigning South African Horse Of The Year Do It Again, by the Northfields Stud, True To Life claimed the 2019 Magnolia Handicap in a time of 66.19.

Now a winner of four of only seven starts, True To Life is the 43rd stakes winner for Drakenstein Stud’s five time G1 winning sire Duke Of Marmalade.

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