RAISE THE BAR (SAF)
Goldkeeper (USA) - Moving On Up (SAF) by Jallad (USA)
The Paul Matchett-trained 4-year-old filly, Raise The Bar (SAF) (Goldkeeper (USA) - Moving On Up (SAF)), had stepped onto the Vaal sand track nine times in her career prior to Tuesday; for 3 wins and 5 places.
Sitting on the rail at the back of the pack under the experienced Marthinus Mienie, Raise The Bar had it all to do coming into the final straight. With 300m to go, Ugly Betty (ARG) (Mutakddim (USA)) surged to the fore with Raise The Bar and Sapphire Ring (SAF) (Spectrum (IRE)) in hot pursuit. With 150m to go, it was all over as Raise The Bar surged clear to win going away by 2.5 lengths from Ugly Betty and Shattered Image (SAF) (Damage Is Done (SAF)).
Our congratulations go to owner Mr John Koumides as well as to trainer Paul Matchett and his team.
This win takes Raise The Bar’s career record to 6 wins and 9 places from 21 starts, with earnings of R479,125.
NKOSAZANA STAKES (Listed)
|1||0.00||RAISE THE BAR||58.5||93||1||M Mienie||Paul Matchett|
|2||2.50||UGLY BETTY (ARG)||53.0||82||10||D David||Roy Magner|
|3||3.75||SHATTERED IMAGE||52.0||86||9||T Appie||Roy Magner|
|4||4.25||SKINNY DIP||52.0||78||11||F Herholdt||Alec Laird|
|5||5.75||CHECK IT||53.0||82||6||S Khumalo||Sean Miller|
|6||6.25||SAPPHIRE RING||54.0||84||5||R Fradd||Dianne Stenger|
|7||8.75||XILOMANTE (BRZ)||57.5||91||8||P Strydom||Paul Matchett|
|8||9.00||PHI||52.0||69||2||* N Juglall||Kumaran Naidoo|
|9||9.50||SILENT ANGEL||52.0||72||4||J Soll||John Vos|
|10||12.25||MEXICAN GLORY (ARG)||52.5||87||3||R Simons||Paul Matchett|
|11||14.75||END OF SEASON||55.0||86||7||S Chambers||St John Gray|
|12||21.00||SHUFFLES||58.0||92||12||S Brown||St John Gray|
|13||30.00||LEGAL ACCOUNT||53.5||83||13||D Daniels||Stephen Moffatt|
|14||0.00||MINA SALAAM||61.5||99||15||G Lerena||Roy Magner|
|15||0.00||SILENT WINGS||52.0||79||13||Reserve||Geoff Woodruff|