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Kahal KZN Breeders Million Mile Double

Kahal at Bush Hill Stud stallion day, 2012. Image: Candiese Marnewick

Kahal's double on the day, a pleasing sight for the now sadly deceased champion sire, saw two chestnuts fly the flag for him in the sixth and main eighth race.

Three daughters of Kahal won and placed in the Spring Valley Stud KZN Breeders 1900 for fillies and mares, Enchanted Silk by a dominating three lengths from another Kahal in Alesh Naidoo's Nisa's Love (a full sister to Gr1 winner Love Struck), whilst Miss K finished fourth behind Dynasty filly Desroches.

The attraction of the day, the KZN Breeders Million Mile, attracted a top quality field of KZN-bred horses and No Worries (Kahal) stormed to victory by three and half lengths for owner Brian Burnard, a keen supporter of the KZN-bred racehorse and winning a part of the series last year with Chili Pepper. Distinguished, another Bold Black Type by Kahal finished in second place whilst Bezanova (Bezrin) finshed third and Silva Hawk (by Silvano) in fourth.

Enchanted Silk. Image: Gold Circle

The reports on the KZN Breeders Million Mile, which boasted six progeny of Kahal in the final field: "Distinguished led early as Keagan De Melo brought No Worries across very economically from his wide draw.

"Into the home run Distinguished galloped relentlessly as No Worries tracked him with Bezanova appearing to be going very well two lengths adrift in third. They came to the outside at the 400m marker and Marcus looked to have a little up his sleeve as Distinguished kept on. But in a matter of strides De Melo steered No worries inside of the pacemaker and cruised past. It was obvious at the 200m that the race was only on for second.

No Worries lead in with winning Burnard connections. Image: Gold Circle

"No Worries galloped strongly all the way to the line to draw away and beat Distinguished by 3,25 lengths in a time of 95,23 secs. The winner started at 9 to 2. Keagan De Melo rode a great race and said afterwards that Anton Marcus had tried to ‘catch’ a march on him. “But I kept an eye on him. As Uncle Brian (Burnard, the owner) said: No Worries is back!”

No Worries only achieved his third win yesterday but has placed in top company over a consistent career - last year he finished a nose off Vercingetorix in the Gr1 Daily News and gave Capetown Noir a galloping lesson - the latter finishing third to No Worries. No Worries then went on to place fourth in the Gr1 Vodacom Durban July by three and half lengths to Heavy Metal. He has since placed - never more than four lengths off - behind the likes of Jackson, Beach Beauty, Ice Machine and Master Of My Fate.

From 22 starts No Worries has now won three times and placed seven, taking his earnings to R1,345,325.

Congratulations to owner Brian Burnard, trainer Gavin Van Zyl and jockey Keagan De Melo on a wonderful achievement.

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