Corne raided KwaZulu-Natal at the weekend and returned with four stake cheques from four runners, including a smart win by Supreme Quest (Anton Marcus) in the Umzimkhulu Stakes (G3) over 1400m at the Greyville meeting moved from Scottsville.
He said: “Supreme Quest thoroughly deserved this win. She’s been a model of consistency throughout her career and if you look at her formline she’s been versatile from 1000m to 1600m against the best fillies in the country including Rain In Holland, Big Burn and Under Your Spell, all Graded winners.”
Corne thanked part-owners owners Warren Chetty, Seren Govender and Anthony Seur for their support – they were on course to with a group of their friends to enjoy the moment. “It was the first time Seren could be at the track for Supreme Quest winning a race, so I am very happy for them and their friends, it’s always great to have a group of people who can share wins like these.”
Supreme Quest was bred by Gold Star Stud, she’s by Querari from Supreme Lecture (Lecture) and has run 13 times for 3 wins and 10 places, earning in excess of R600,000.
William Robertson was expected to go close in the G3 Byerley Turk, but he was slow off the mark, had to be pulled wide in the straight and stayed on for fifth.
“He’s a big horse and he’s not comfortable at the pens. Being slow away at a tight track like this is not something we wanted, but he’ll be back to show his worth. He would have been more comfortable on the longer straight at Scottsville,” Corne assessed.