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Cante Libre Takes Home Banyana Listed

Cante Libre by Kahal winning the Banyana Listed Handicap. Image:

Kahal had two successes on Emerald Cup day with Cante Libre taking home the Banyana Handicap, while Uncle Tommy ran a very admirable third place just two lengths off the winner in the Gr 2 Emerald Cup - Africa's richest race on sand, previously won by Bush Hill-bred The Mousketeer.

Paul Matchett’s consistent Kahal mare Cante Libre scored her first Stakes win when she brought the curtain down on a festive Emerald Cup day on Saturday, with an emphatic victory in the R150 000 Listed Banyana Handicap run over 1000m.

In a matter of strides Akash Aucharuz steered Cante Libre down the inside and she bounced clear smartly under her light weight and drew off to beat the pacy War Path by two lengths in a time of 58,80 secs, with Kinematic Countess putting in her usual game effort to finish in third place just two lengths off.

The winner was bred by Gary Player Stud and is by Kahal out of the two time winning National Assembly mare, Real World. This was Cante Libre’s first stakes win and her fifth overall win from her 27 starts for 7 places and R334 850 in prize money. Cante Libre was a bargain R40 000 purchase on the National Two Year Old Sale. Kahal is covering a full book this season at Bush Hill Stud.

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