Champagne Haze. Image: JC Photos
Champagne Haze gave his dam yet more Bold Black Type accolades after he took the Gr3 Tommy Hotspur on the weekend. His brilliant dam Vin Fizz stands at Bush Hill Stud and is currently in foal to our very exciting stallion prospect, Flying The Flag.
In the process, our great former resident sire Kahal produced a remarkable 1-2-3 finish in the race with Greasepaint and Pure Blonde, and is indeed a very sad loss to the stallion ranks.
Lyle Hewitson had Champagne Haze – with head turned slightly sideways – stone last at the halfway mark as the speed merchants Wrecking Ball and Rebel’s Champ showed the way.
With the revitalised 7yo Greasepaint bursting into the lead at the 350m, Hewitson angled Champagne Haze to the outside and he burst between two horses to catch the leader and win going away by 1,70 lengths in a time of 56,56 secs.
A thrilling victory and a great effort over a distance he has never won over and in what was meant to be a prep run for his Senor Santa double bid next month.
Roy Magner’s Greasepaint continues to earn his keep and ran another gallant race. While he has not won in ages, a 9th career victory looks within reach if he maintains this level of enthusiasm.
Pure Blonde was a neck back in third, with Tandava shading Sporting Monarch for fourth.
Lyle Hewitson, who is just four short of Gavin Lerena’s apprentice record mark of 284 winners, called Champagne Haze an 'amazing horse'.
"He didn’t stay in the Charity Mile. But he put up some good work in the week and I came in confident. He was outpaced early, but gave when I asked," he said.
Assistant trainer Dean Alexander was quick to commend Hewitson on his ride and went on to say that Champagne Haze was not far off his half-brother Pierre Jourdan. He thanked his team at home and also the owners for their loyal support.
Champagne Haze has won 6 races with 7 places from his 23 starts for stakes of a healthy R2 268 950.
Vin Fizz has been an exceptional broodmare – producing Pierre Jourdan, Dakiwe, Champagne Haze and current Dubai runner, Belle Rose.
Congratulations to all concerned.
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