The imposing William Robertson is a big horse, he has a size advantage over his three-year-old rivals and the additional benefit of a big heart.
The son of Rafeef won the Gr3 Tony Ruffel Stakes over 1400m at Turffontein on Saturday by a short head from Outofthedarkness and Prince Of Fire after he was headed inside the last 250m.
“He’s strong and tough and when you think he’s gone, he gives you more,” enthused jockey Ryan Munger. “I took the bull by the horns, let him stride out front. They came past him, but he likes to fight, he enjoys a challenge. This was a dogged win.
“I think 1600m will suit him well now, but step by step. He’s a good horse, he gives me gooseflesh,” added Munger.
Corne said: “Accolades to Ryan, he rode a good race dictating the pace. Wlliam Robertson looked beaten at the 200m mark but came back to win. He’s a top three-year-old.”
William Robertson races for Corne Spies Racing (Pyt) Ltd, Xander Spies, Jannie de Lange’s Waste Glass Recovery, Keagan Govender and GG Gaming’s boss, Gary Lentin. Bred by Ridgemont/Highlands, he’s won three of seven starts with stakes already topping R500,000.