FIVE-year-old Beit Bridge, in his third start following a rest, led from pillar to post to win a Handicap over 1800m at Turffontein on Tuesday night. Well handled by apprentice JP van der Merwe, the 22-10 favourite showed plenty of courage in holding steady under a strong challenge from Rulerofthedesert. (headline photo finish by JC Photos).
Assistant trainer John Buckler said: “Beit Bridge was well for this race, he liked the extra ground and JP rode a well-judged race. Accolades to him.”
Beit Bridge, by Rich Man’s Gold, look very well on parade, didn’t sway under pressure and is certain to show more improvement. He is owned by the Rich Man’s Gold Syndicate, comprising of Mike de Kock, Chris Haynes, Helen Haynes, Gary Grant, Peter Sargeant, Mike Destombes, Tawny Syndicate and his breeder, Wilgerbosdrift Stud.
Three-year-old Perana, in his build-up run to the Gauteng Guineas, ran bravely in defeat under top weight, going down 1,50 lengths to Galileo’s Destiny in a fast-run race. Perana was carried out midway down the straight and gave his capable rival 2,5kg. His supporters can look forward to good improvement in the week leading to the Grade 2 race on 26 February.