CAPTAIN AMERICA CRUISES TO GRADE ONE SUCCESS
By: Venal Naidu
Trainer Brett Crawford and jockey Corne Orffer had a red-letter day on Saturday as they won the Grade 1 R1 millon Rising Sun Gold Challenge.
Captain America came in to the race at a price of 6/1 and is known by many a racing enthusiast to be the most consistent horse in the country.
“This horse is always in the mix you can never leave him out of your calculations, it was about time he won,” said Edwin George.
After running third in the Sun Met in Cape Town earlier this year, Captain America came into the KwaZulu-Natal champion’s season as Crawford’s flagship horse.
He sat in second place throughout the race and with 400metres to go struck the front and from there, there was no looking back as he went on to win by one and a half lengths.
This win gave Crawford and Orffer a double for the day after they won the Beach Beauty pinnacle stakes with Louisiana.
Trip to Heaven was back in second along Bela Bela who was back in third.
Captain America, being a well-known Marvel character, is a household name to many homes across the world and it attracted many first time punters on the day.
“I bought my son the action figure a while back, so I just decided to go with it because I don’t know much about racing and luck was on my side,” said Nicholas Orsmand.
The grandstand at Greyville was packed as thousands of people gathered to what many people said was the second biggest race meeting of the season.
“There is only one other day that has a bigger crowd and that day is the Vodacom Durban July,” stated Patrick Senzalo.
The day ended with a concert from Zee TV stars.
The next race meeting to be held in the KZN champion’s season will be The Post race day featuring the grade 2 post merchants.
Caption: Captain America cruising in full stride ahead of Trip to Heaven