THE stable will be hoping that its winning form from Friday evening at Greyville continues on Champions Day.
Vercingetorix (15-10) and Blue Berry (16-10) scored at the night meeting to start the weekend on a high note.
Vercingetorix, leggy and green, but looks smart.
Three-year-old Silvano colt Vercingetorix showed that he still has a lot of learning to do – up with the pace early in a Graduation Plate over 1600m, he lost position and had to be nudged along before the home bend. He started concentrating when the small field headed for home, however, and jockey Sean Veale pushed him into the lead with 100m to go, to win going away.
“He’s only been with us (at Summerveld) for a week and a half. We gave him some fast work on grass during the week and he came through it well. He was green and will improve, for his first time at Greyville this was a great run.”
Veale agreed that Vercingetorix was still a “big baby” and said: “I was in doubt in the week, but he proved himself tonight. He’s a smart horse.”
Vercingetorix is owned by Sheik Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum’s Al Adiyaat Racing.
Blue Berry brings home the loot.
Owner Richard Fisher enjoyed his first winner in the stable when Kevin Shea brought the well-backed Blue Berry to the front with a sustained finish in Race 4 over 1900m.
Shea, who celebrated his 5oth birthday recently, said: “He worked well on Tuesday and I gave the guys some confidence. I thought he’d win easier, but he ambled along when he got to the front. Well done to Richard, I told him to come to Mike’s yard and he’s been patient, at last he’s got his winner.”