Devoneque by Miesque's ApprovalDevonesque (SAF) wins at Scottsville
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Miesque’s Approval (USA) - Devon Lady (SAF) by Saumarez (GB)

Backworth-bred Devonesque (Miesque’s Approval - Devon Lady) cracked his maiden at Scottsville on Sunday amongst some talented company under jockey Nicky Roebuck for trainer Wendy Whitehead and a group of owners including commentator duo Craig and Sheldon Peters. Here is an extract from the Sporting Post :

“Craig Peters was calling the race and had what he, and the rest of us, had thought was his 700m of glory calling home Devonesque. Peters then switched to the inside group of horses late in the race - and then incredulously exclaimed a few seconds later that Devonesque was still going great guns!

A commentator who launched his career some 35 years ago in the City of Bloemfontein, Craig Peters is one of South Africa’s foremost and experienced race-callers and the man known as ‘Eagle Eye’ seldom stumbles over his words. But Peters had to put down his binoculars at the 200m marker of the second race, rub his eyes and check the television set in his elevated office, before almost allowing his emotions to take control.

But the professionalism and experience shone through as he called the winner home in his characteristic polished style - and in what must be a huge thrill as he apologized for the obvious excitement in his voice. The next big record breaking run came from Peters himself - when he galloped the route from the commentary box to make an appearance at the post-race interview. For those that have not visited the Scottsville eagle’s lair, we can confirm that it includes obstacles and hurdles of precarious flights of stairs and narrow strips of board.

Keeping it in the family, Devoneque’s dam, Devon Lady, raced for Wendy Whitehead, and her partner and assistant, Duncan McKenzie also has a share. Racing is meant to be fun!”

Devonesque is a graduate from the Backworth draft of the 2010 KZN Yearling Sale.

Scottsville, Turf, 1000m
12 February 2012

Win Time : 59.87

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 DEVONESQUE 60.0 64 14 N Roebuck Wendy Whitehead
2 2.50 SPECIAL HENNY (ARG) 60.0 65 7 * L Mohapi (4.0) Pat Lunn
3 2.75 KENTRIDGE (ARG) 60.0 66 12 M Yeni Adam W Kethro
4 2.80 SOUL MATE 60.0 0 15 S Randolph Dennis Drier
5 2.85 MAJESTIC EMBLEM 60.0 76 9 B Lerena Michael Roberts
6 4.10 MAAK ‘N PLAN (AUS) 60.0 0 8 A Marcus Herman Brown / Frank Robinson
7 4.60 BUTLER YEATS 60.0 0 3 A Forbes Dennis Drier
8 5.60 LAURENCE OF LENASIA 60.0 67 13 W Marwing James Goodman
9 7.35 ARCANUM 60.0 55 6 B Jacobson Glen Kotzen
10 10.60 LAID BACK 57.5 0 1 C Orffer Alyson Wright
11 10.85 FRIEND OF FREEDOM 60.0 0 2 L Africa Des Egdes
12 11.60 SPECTACULADOR 60.0 0 5 S Cormack Dennis Drier
13 13.85 DAMASK WAY 60.0 0 11 K Zechner Tony Rivalland
14 14.10 ST OMER 60.0 0 4 * K de Melo (1.5) Des Egdes
15 14.35 KING OF CASHEL 60.0 0 10 C Taylor Glen Puller

Late Scratchings

16 0.00 SHARK ATTACK 60.0 0 16 A Delpech Bart Rice
17 0.00 WILLIAM’S DREAM 60.0 0 1 n/a Duncan Howells