International
VIEW ARCHIVES (14169 articles)

<< Back
Champion Variety Club strolls to victory in the L'Ormarins Queen's Plate
13 Jan 2013 | By Liesl King 

Variety Club, South Africa’s reigning Horse of the Year, showed that he is indeed the best miler in the country when he demolished the R 1 million, Group 1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate field in a devastating fashion, after surviving a false start.

 



Anton Marcus salutes as Variety Club wins the L'Ormarins Queen's Plate, picture Liesl King

 

Jockey Anton Marcus was very confident that the Joey Ramsden trained Variety Club had enough gate speed to overcome his wide draw in barrier 15 and the colt proved him correct. Pomodoro briefly held the lead, but within a few strides, Marcus had steered the colt across and into the lead.

From there it was a masterful display of dominance as Variety Club led the field into the home stride, swinging wide around the bend, as he is likes to do, before switching gears and putting daylight between himself and the chasing pack.

Behind him a desperate battle for second unfolded, as the rest of the field had long since come off the bit and oxygen was in short supply, as they tried to stay within a reasonable distance of the fast disappearing leader.

 



Variety Club strides clear, picture Liesl King

 

Variety Club was going so easily that Marcus had time to salute the crowd before crossing the line 2.25 lengths clear after easing down in the closing stages. Jackson finished the best of the rest in second, narrowly piping Pomodoro, who had to settle for third.

Starting 1/1 favourite, Variety Club stopped the clock in 1.37.83 on a good track with a slight headwind.

According to his connections, Variety Club will now head off on an overseas campaign, with an application having been made to the Dubai authorities to allow the colt to run on World Cup night.

Derek Brugman, racing manager for owners Mrs I Jooste and Mr M J Jooste said,: “We have sent a request to the Dubai Racing Carnival asking for special permission to go into quarantine so that he can run in either the Dubai Duty Free or the Mile.”

 



Variety Club gets a well deserved hug from Anton Marcus, picture Liesl King

 

Variety Club by Var(USA) out of the Secret Prospector(USA) mare La Massine, recorded his 12th victory from 17 starts, taking his earnings to R2 715 250.

 
»Sea The Stars colt tops third day of Tattersalls December Foal Sale

»UK jumps racing - weekend preview

»Khatiba steps up to land Fast-Track Qualifier at Wolverhampton

»You Must Know Me ready for another tilt at Grand Sefton Chase

»Jockeys to be compensated for late non-runners

»Coneygree shines on belated chase debut at Newbury

»California Chrome set to make turf debut

»Moore partners Gentildonna in bid for Japan Cup

»Jutland claims Jebel Ali feature

»2014 Japan Cup (G1) – comments from Japanese runners' connections

»Tokyo trackwork Friday

»NZ jockey Lisa Cropp issues letter of apology

»Second day of Tattersalls December Foal Sale

»Lisa Cropp in trouble over drugs test result

»Carraig Mor jumps into RSA Chase picture

»L'Ami Serge lifts Henerson's spirits

»Un De Sceaux crashes out of chase debut

»Sprinter Sacre ruled out of Tingle Creek return

»Farrier bids to land win on seasonal debut

Share/Bookmark

©Copyright 2006 - 2014 Thoroughbred News.
All rights reserved
Development and Design by Web Element