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Monday, 31 July 2017 14:54

Guts and glory for Hermoso Mundo

Captain Splendid L and Hermuso Mundo R Nkosi Hlophe

Weiho Marwing trained Hermoso Mundo is the first horse to complete the “Gold” treble, under jockey Weichong Marwing at Greyville yesterday…

Records were smashed when Hermoso Mundo won the eLan Gold Cup over 3200m at Greyville yesterday as he became the first horse to complete the “Gold” treble and Weiho and Weichong Marwing may well have become the first trainer-jockey brother combination to win the big race.

The crowd were treated to the colourful “woer, woer masjien” victory warcry of part-owner Sean Singleton, while part-owner Neil Patrick Smith, who had travelled all the way from Germany, was overcome with emotion and the other owners NC Smith, GD Cahn, G Morris and W Volschenk also joined in the celebrations.

The long-striding Mauritzfontein Stud-bred four-year-old gelding by Ideal World won the Grade 3 Gold Bowl over 3200m at Turffontein on May 6, the Grade 3 Gold Vase over 3000m on VDJ day and completed the historic treble yesterday under a cool ride.

Marwing had him tucked away in the running within striking distance and after a tussle in the closing stages with the five-year-old mare Zante, he stretched his neck out to win by neck.

The Marwing-trained Let It Rain finished third ahead of Fortissima and Tote favourite Kinaan.

The race was marred by tragedy as Royal Badge broke down just before they reached the Drill Hall.

Earlier the Dennis Drier Dynasty filly Lady In Black won the Grade 1 Thekwini Stakes over 1600m under Sean Veale, despite nothing going right for her in the running. She beat Rockin Russian by half-a-length to remain unbeaten.

Glen Kotzen won the Grade 1 Premier’s Champion Stakes over 1600m with Dynasty colt Eyes Wide Open, who gave Richard Fourie a Festival Grade 1 double. Kotzen, who had four winners yesterday and five in total at the Festival, had earlier won the Grade 3 Sunlife Vitamins Debutante over 1200m with Captain Al filly Princess Peach, also under Fourie.

Brett Crawford completed a fine Festival weekend by winning the Grade 3 Avontuur Umkhomazi Stakes over 1200m with Great Britain colt Al Mariachi ridden by Corne Orffer.

By David Thiselton

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