Corne Spies enjoyed an excellent 2020/21 season, saddling 41 winners and 177 places for a shade under R4-millon in gross stake earnings.
This gave the always active and popular Vaal stable a 15th position on the National Log, improving steadily in the last five seasons from 24th in 2016/17 to 19th in 2019/20. Last season’s winners included two G1 successes with Van Halen (Mercury Sprint) and Singforafa (SA Fillies Sprint).
Last Saturday Supreme Quest (G1 Thekwini Stakes) and William Robertson (G1 Premiers Champion Stakes) were beaten 0.25 and 1.35-lengths into second and third, respectively and Corne said: “With just a bit of luck both could’ve finished closer, but that’s racing.”
Supreme Quest and William Robertson have both been accepted for this weekend’s Bloodstock SA Sales Cup races.
Fifth in the Premier’s just behind William Robertson was the stable’s Laird Of Breedon, beaten just 2.65 lengths in the competitive G1 and Corne said: “This was a good feat for his owner/breeder David Makins and he’s a nice, progressive horse who has a good career ahead of him. We are happy for Mr Makins.”
Makins’ yellow-and-blue silks have opened a number of seasons on a winning note for the yard and it was again so on Sunday when Attentive got the tally on the way at the first meeting with a MR72 Handicap over 2000m.
“Attentive is not without ability, but needs things to go his way in a race. Jarred Penny rode a good race,” said Corne.