Variometer Electrifies Gardenia Handicap Speed Queens

Variometer wins the Gardenia HandicapVariometer wins the Gardenia Handicap (L)
(Photo : JC Photos)

VARIOMETER (SAF)
Var (USA) - Lady Electric (AUS)

There was no hanging about in Friday evening’s R135,000 Listed Gardenia Handicap run over 1000m at Turffontein. The speed queens were at full throttle from the jump.

The gallant speed mare Mannequin came out carrying top-weight of 62,5kgs, and while she failed to register her thirteenth victory, she was hardly disgraced when finishing in third; just under a length behind the year younger Variometer.

Anton Marcus rode a top-class race when producing the Louis Goosen-trained flyer at the right moment inside the final 200m to register a heartstopping win.

The race panned out perfectly for the champion jockey as the Mike Azzie-trained super-quick La Volta dashed off to lead the enthusiastic mare Mannequin, with Three Nations and Miss Cantona in hot pursuit.

Marcus worked Variometer through as Mannequin challenged La Volta late, and in a nailbiting drive to the wire Variometer edged ahead to win by a short head in a time of 56,72secs.

Goosen’s shrewd move in fitting the blinkers to a filly endowed with plenty of natural speed was just the tonic required to change the place cheque scenario into something far more rewarding. She is also a far better filly on the turf.

The Backworth Stud product Variometer, is out of the Australian- bred Hennessy mare, Lady Electric, who won once over 1000m from just 2 starts.

Variometer is now a winner of 5 of her 17 starts, with 7 places for stake earnings of R469,675. She cost R140,000 at the KZN Yearling Sale.

All her victories have been recorded over 1000m and this was her third Listed win after the Ruffian Stakes as a 2-year-old, and the Bauhinia Handicap in her 3-year-old season.

Variometer is always worth following over the minimum chop and should make a lovely broodmare in time to come.

GARDENIA HANDICAP (LISTED)
Turffontein, Standside, Night, Turf, 1000m
16 November 2012

Win Time : 56.72

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 VARIOMETER 61.5 101 5 A Marcus Louis Goosen
2 0.10 LA VOLTA 52.0 82 6 R Fradd Mike Azzie
3 0.85 MANNEQUIN 62.5 103 1 R Simons Paul Matchett
4 1.10 JOLLY POPPINS 55.5 89 4 P Strydom Louis Goosen
5 1.50 MYSTICAL JET 52.0 79 7 * D Lembethe Clinton Binda
6 1.75 LARUSSA 58.5 95 8 R Hughes Mike Azzie
7 2.00 THREE NATIONS 52.0 80 10 M Malherbe Stanley Ferreira
8 2.05 MALAGA-BELLE 59.5 97 2 G Lerena Dominic Zaki
9 4.75 MISS CANTONA 52.0 86 3 J Moreira Louis Goosen
10 6.50 LAVISH GAL 52.0 67 9 S Khumalo Grant Maroun


Late Scratchings




11 0.00 FANZENE 52.0 74 10 M van Rensburg Geoff Woodruff

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