THE stable posted a midweek double when Jamal won at Scottsville and Canterbury Tale rounded off the evening at the Turffontein night meeting on Tuesday.
Sheikh Hamdan’s three-year-old Jamal had enjoyed a lengthy break after three placed runs in 2012 and he returned fresh and fit for a Maiden Plate over 1400m.
Jamal (Anton Marcus) came to the outside of the Pietermaritzburg track to start his run, plugged away hard and got there in time, going away from his rivals at the end and winning at 12-10.
Jamal is a son of former Australian champion Lonhro, who won 18 races, including 11 Group 1’s, and was nicknamed “The Black Flash”.
Gavin Lerena: Good front-running ride on Canterbury Tale.
Canterbury Tale was sent to the front by jockey Gavin Lerena and he made every post a winning one, galloping stronger the further they went in a MR80 handicap over 2450m. A son of Grey’s Inn, this Avontuur-bred showed that he is coming into his own with maturity and he is certainly one to follow in stayer’s events over the next several months.
Canterbury Tale (9-10) raced in the silks of Markus and Ingrid Jooste.