KZN CHAMPIONS SEASON COMES TO AN INCREDIBLE END
Written by: Venal Naidu
Hermuso Mundo brought the champions season to an end this weekend as he won the Grade 3 eLAN Property Group Gold Cup for Trainer Weiho and Jockey Weichong Marwing.
The eLAN Property Group Gold Cup racing festival became the first racing festival to ever be hosted in South Africa and featured the Grade 1 World Sports Betting Champion Cup and culminated with the Gold Cup yesterday.
Hermuso Mundo was the first horse in the history of one racing season to win the three high profile stayers races in one season; the Gold Bowl, the Gold Vase and the Gold Cup.
The horse was in midfield throughout the 3200 metre race and ran on going into the last 200 metres winning the race in the final stride beating Zante, who was ridden by Gavin Lerena was back in second and Let It Rain was back in third.
He started the race at odds at 5/1 and was highly fancied by punters and analysts. Being the last graded race of the champion’s season regular Ryan Richards had to be there.
“Since it is the last race of the season I had to be a part of it and ofcourse I had to put some money on the most talked about horse Hermuso Mundo,” said Richards.
The Grade 1 Champions Cup gave Brett Crawford another graded race win as he won the World Sports Betting Champions Cup with Sail South for Jockey Richard Fourie.
Sail South finished the race infront of stable companion Captain America who was back in second. The race win “put the cherry on top” for the Crawford team as it was already his best ever season.
The Gold Cup racing festival brought to an end a season that will be remembered by racing enthusiasts such as Kyle Ragwan, for many a year.
“It’s sad that it’s all over. I’m going to miss coming to the racecourse every weekend. I need to find something else to do for the next 9 months, but I enjoyed it nonetheless,” said Ragwan.
The 2017/2018 season will kick off on Tuesday the 1st August at Kenilworth Racecourse in Cape Town.
Caption: Horse run past the finish line for the first time in the 3200 metre Gold Cup.