DAILY NEWS RACE DAY GLORY FOR THE CRAWFORD TEAM
By: Venal Naidu
Edict of Nantes and Lady of the House gave trainer Brett Crawford a grade one double at Greyville Racecourse on Saturday.
Edict of Nantes the winner of the Cape Derby beat the winner of the Gauteng Derby Al Sahem in the R2 million Grade 1 Daily News for jockey Anton Marcus, in what many racing enthusiasts called the battle of the best three year olds in the country.
“In a race where the best of Johannesburg met the best from Cape Town it is only fitting to see them both run first and second,” said George Moonsamy.
Edict of Nantes hit the front on top of the straight with 400 metres to go and went on strongly to win from a fast finishing Al Sahem in second and Horizon was back in third.
The other Grade 1 on the day was the R1 million Grade 1 Woolavington where Lady of the House was given an emphatic ride from jockey Pierre Strydom to win holding on from a fast finishing Gimme Six.
“Striker (Pierre Strydom) is a master. He doesn’t have more than 5000 winners for nothing. I won’t be surprised to see him win the Vodacom Durban July this year as well,” said Hendry Moodley.
Lady of the House took over the lead from the start and won at big price of 20/1 upsetting the favourite Gimme Six who ran on strongly for jockey Anthony Delpech back in second.
The champions season is visibly in full flight at Greyville Racecourse as thousands of people continue to gather at meetings in Durban and Pietermaritzburg in the weeks building up to the Vodacom July.
“If you love horse racing there is no better place to be then in KwaZulu- Natal during the months of May, June and July,” said Theo Ganessan.
The next race day in the champion’s season takes us back to Greyville Racecourse this Saturday for the Grade 1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge.
*Caption: Lady of the House keeps going in front ahead of Gimme Six back in second