Seal Snatches Gr3 Caradoc Gold Cup In Emphatic Style
Seal took home the Gr 3 Caradoc Gold Cup at Turffontein on Saturday by almost five lengths carrying top weight of 60.5kgs - giving the second horse Storm Warning (by Jet Master) an additional 5kg beating. S' il vous Plait finished third with Baracah fourth.
Martinus Mienie sent the Silvano gelding on his way at the 400m marker in the 2850m long race.
Seal had been reported coughing after his previous start, in the mud and slush of Guineas Day in the Listed Aquanaut Handicap, where Storm Warning had beaten him by almost four lengths. This time Seal galloped on powerfully to beat Storm Warning by by almost five lengths in a time of 184,56 secs. Seal finished second in this race last year to Masai Warrior.
Seal was born and raised at Bush Hill Stud for breeder Dr Ian Heyns.
By Silvano out of Rambo Dancer mare Prestine Performer, Seal sold for R210 000 on the National Two Year Old Sale and has now won 10 races in top company from his 40 starts with 14 places, earning R2 210 087 in stakes. His wins include the Gr 1 SA Derby, Wolf Power 1600 Listed, Gr 2 Gold Vase, Aquanaut Listed in 2013 as well as the Gr 3 Jubilee Handicap from Vodacom Durban July winner Heavy Metal.
Well done to breeder Dr Ian Heyns, owner Grant Douglas and trainer Gavin Van Zyl.