ARGENTINE-bred three-year-old Lehaaf is finding his feet with maturity and his win in Saturday’s KZN Winter Challenge over 1600m at Clairwood (photo) probably won’t be his last feature success.
“He’s getting stronger and I think he’s a very good horse,” said jockey Anthony Delpech after he had to weave his way through the field to find room for a clear run.
“Every gap closed and I had to go to the inside. But that’s they way he likes to run. He likes to be held up, he’s given up before when I let him go too soon but his work at home has been very good so we expected a big run today.”
Assistant trainer Nathan Kotzen commented: “I got a bit nervous when Lehaaf was trying to find a way through but I always knew he was going to get there.”
Lehaaf races for Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum’s Al Adyaat South Africa and he’s by Excellent Art from Sarkha, by Danehill.
Al Adyaat won with another Argentine-bred three-year-old,Tuscan, at Turffontein on Sunday. Jockey Marco van Rensburg booted home the son of Easing Along to a 1.75-length win in a MR74 Handicap at this one, too, looks set for more improvement.
Tuscan on his bicycle, racing clear at Turffontein.