BUFFALO BILL CODY (Aus) was born on 13 April 2015, so he’s only just turned three and is several months behind his South African counterparts, which makes his two wins from three runs so far remarkable.
Buffalo Bill Cody was rested, put away to mature after he’d won his Maiden from subsequent classic winner Lobo’s Legend last November. He had a comeback sprint, finishing fourth in a handicap at the Vaal and then came from the clouds to land a MR82 handicap over 1000m on the tight inside track at Turffontein Saturday under a strong ride from Ryan Munger.
“I don’t know he got there, but he did!” enthused race caller Alistair Cohen as they crossed the line, with Buffalo Bill Cody having flashed up from what looked like an impossible position between horses to win by a nose from Manitoba.
“He’s still green and immature and on the speed he shows us at home he should be winning by further,” said Mathew de Kock of Buffalo Bill Cody. “We’ll look for another handicap over more ground next.”
Buffalo Bill Cody is by Redoute’s Choice from a mare by Sri Pekan. He races for Mary Slack.
Mathew said that Hit The Green, the two-year-old winner of Race 1 over 1000m under Callan Murray, was another runner who lacked experience and would improve as he matures.
Hit The Green produced a strong finish and also looks like he’ll appreciate some more ground in time to come.
A son of Gimmethereenlight, Hit The Green is owned by Mike de Kock and his “usual suspects”, plus Mayesh Chetty, new in the yard and first time on the board!