THE hot stable form continued with a Vaal double on 10 December.
Stalwart Golden Pheasant won Race 2 over 1600m and Impressive Duchess won a closely contested sprint handicap, Race 7 over 1000m.
Golden Pheasant was surprisingly easy to back at 6-1, but fully 300m out – by the way he was moving – it was clear that he’d be hard to beat. He duly won going away for Muzi Yeni, the winning margin 2.50-lengths.
Francois Naude, assistant trainer to Corne Spies, said: “He pulled up very well after Saturday (4th in Vaal Grand Heritage), he ate well and his coat was beautiful, so we left him in and he proved his class and well-being.”
Golden Pheasant, by Antonius Pius from Kokkewiet, is now 5 wins from 22 starts, with R380,000 in stake earnings.
Impressive Duchess (Duke Of Marmalade), had three excellent runs to her credit going into this race, and her 16-1 odds looked quite generous. Perhaps it was because there was more attention on stablemate Sweet Sensation, but there was never going to be much in it and the older filly won on the day.
Jockey Hennie Greyling said: “After her good fourth last Saturday I told everyone she’d run a big race today, the rain helped.”
Naude said: “The softer track changed things a bit, we did like Sweet Sensation more but Imressive Duchess won a good race today. Well done to Xander Spies, who is having a good run, he owns some quality runners.”