Nicci Garner: Abashiri’s black-and-orange army of supporters went wild as the three-year-old rallied to held off Rocketball in an emotional and nail-biting finish to the R2-million SA Derby over 2450m at Turffontein on Champions Day on Saturday.
Browsing: SA Triple Crown
Jack Milner: Trainer Mike Azzie firmly believes Abashiri is the best horse in Saturday’s R2-million SA Derby over 2450m at Turffontein and victory would be a wonderful boost for the sport.
ABASHIRI WINS CLASSIC
Jack Milner: The Orange Revolution was the name given to pro-West protests in the Ukraine in 2005. The Orange Revolution hit Turffontein on Saturday but this one was all about Abashiri.
ABASHIRI . . . SA CLASSIC 2016
It was a race against time to get Abashiri ready for the second leg of the SA Triple Crown after the star colt won the first leg, the Gauteng Guineas over 1600m at Turffontein in February, but it was a feat trainer Mike Azzie pulled off without a hitch.
KwaZulu-Natal-based trainer Kom Naidoo has the Wilgerbosdrift Triple Tiara in his sights with Australian-bred filly Princess Varunya.
Jockey Anton Marcus has landed two top rides for the Johan Janse van Vuuren stable on Guineas Day. Marcus will be riding Brazuca in the R1-million Betting World Gauteng Guineas and Negroamaro in the R500,000 Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas at Turffontein on Saturday 27 February. Both races are Grade 2 events.