The Mike de Kock-trained Gimmethegreenlight colt Barahin booked his place in the Vodacom Durban July yesterday when storming home under Anton Marcus to win the Grade 3 Jubilee Handicap over 1800m at Turffontein Standside.
The classy and laid back three-year-old was coming off a rest and “a bit of an injury” and seemed to be battling to find extra at the 400m having made some ground up from second last in the running.
However, Marcus continued to ride him and he steadily built up a head of steam until it was clear he was going to get there after all.
He charged into the lead with about 100m to go and held off Shenenigans, who also ran on well from behind, to win by a length. Captain And Master was third followed by The Dazzler and Soldier On.
The De Kock yard had a fantastic day, notching up a four-time, three of them ridden by Marcus.
The first race was a competitive event over 1400m with some decent types involved and the Ashley Fortune-trained two-year-old Twice Over colt Invidia might be on his way to run in the Grade 2 Golden Horseshoe over 1400m on Vodacom Durban July day after an impressive win under Muzi Yeni.
By David Thiselton