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A drop in class and distance

Noble Striker (far side) fought on well to win.

Noble Striker (far side) fought on well to win.

Noble Striker was priced up at an arguably outrageous 8-1 for his MR96 handicap run over 1400m at the Vaal on Thursday. Having dropped a notch in class, and back over a better suited trip, he didn’t surprise too many with his third career win.

Noble Striker finished second in the Grand Heritage last December and then turned in fair efforts in the Tony Ruffel and the Secretariat Stakes, in which 1800m proved out of his reach.

In this Vaal handicap, well to his liking, he was produced at the right time by Ryan Munger and he kept running strongly to keep Look Yourself (in receipt of 5,5kg) at bay.

“Yes, his last run was just too far, I think 1800m is not his distance at this stage, the 1400m was perfect and he won a game race today,” Munger said.

Assisant trainer Francois Naude thanked Justus van Wyk, who bred Noble Striker from Noble Tune, and owns the lion’s share of the gelding along with Spies Racing.

1 Comment

  1. Petrus says:

    Nice horse to follow he.likes to try hardest.

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