Happy for Dave M!

FROSTED Gold (Aus) gave the stable much joy when beating his regular rival Twilight Moon in Saturday’s Gr2 SA Nursery over 1160m at Turffontein, because he was a first feature winner trained for Durban-based owner Dave MacLean.

Mike de Kock commented: “Dave gave us the go-ahead to buy one horse at the 2018 Inglis Melbourne Yearling Sale and Jehan Malherbe and I found this one, we are very pleased.  Frosted Gold’s sire All Too Hard has gone a bit quiet, but he’s a hard-knocking horse with a Gr2 under his belt now, and he has a future.”

Frosted Gold wins the SA Nursery.

Frosted Gold wins the SA Nursery.

Frosted Gold came from just a length or two off the pace and Mike said: “He wants to be ridden quieter, likes to run at them. He’s still a green horse.”

Jockey Anton Marcus confirmed that, saying: “Frosted Gold has good gate speed and when I asked, he kicked. He was looking for company late and based on that he has improvement to come.”

Mike added that Frosted Gold would possibly go for the Gr1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion at Scottsville at the end of May, but that he will stay at home if there is a track bias. “I’m not sure how many more runs we’ll give him as a two-year-old.”

Frosted Gold has won three of four career starts and R641,000 in stakes.  He was bred in Australia by Vinery Stud.

In Race 2, Yulong Investments (who bought Surcharge last year), enjoyed their first South African winner courtesy of Stage Dance, who won a Maiden Juvenile Plate over 1600m under jockey Collen Story.

“Stage Dance is by Duke Of Marmalade from a Sadler’s Wells mare and we fancied her over this trip,” said Mathew de Kock.

Stage Dance wins her Maiden.

Stage Dance wins her Maiden.