THE stable’s last two Maiden winners put a combined 14.25-lengths between themselves and the opposition.
Sheikh Hamdan’s three-year-old filly Mink Trip has been battling to win on turf, but her first run on sand at the Vaal last Thursday was a cracker. She raced over 1800m for work rider Chamu Mabaya and enjoyed every inch of the journey, winning by 7.25-lengths.
Mink Trip kicked sand in the faces of her rivals.
This was one of two winners for Mabaya on a Work Riders Programme and Mike de Kock said: “James Maree is doing a fine job at his Work Riders Academy. His graduates continue to show improved skills, some of them are very useful jockeys in their own right. I said recently that I believe our industry has made excellent progress in the field of transformation and I’ll stress that again. Let’s keep the momentum.”
Mink Trip is by Drakenstein Stud’s stallion Trippi, from a mare by London News.
Lammerskraal Stud was back in the news on Sunday at Clairwood, with owner-breeder Mike Rattray’s three-year-old gelding Gogetthesheriff hacking home by seven lengths under Sean Veale, who is having a good run of winners for the stable and enjoyed booting this one home in the wet, as seen on the headline photo.
This was Gogetthesheriff’s fourth attempt and he was impressive in a standard field, but can be watched for further progress. Jot him down as one who enjoys a soft track – he may repeat this kind of run when the going comes up yielding again.