BINT EL MALAK from the Paul Lafferty stable has been the epitome of this in the competition thus far. The filly sits 15 points clear of her nearest rival, with 2 wins and 2 second place finishes from her four runs.
Paul Lafferty’s Summerveld yard are going all out to hang on to their lead in the Hollywoodbets Sizzling Summer Challenge.
Every race in KZN from the beginning of December until the end of February counts towards the competition. The points gathered for each race, whether a Grade 1 or a maiden, is dependent on the number of horses in the field and the finishing position. If there are ten runners in a race the winner will get ten points, the runner up nine points and so on all the way down to the tenth placed finisher who will get one point. If there are seven runners in the race then the winner gets seven points, the runner up six etc. The points are awarded to the relevant trainer, jockey and horse.
At the end of the competition the top six trainers, jockeys and horses will split respective prize money of R250,000 apiece.
The top trainer, jockey and horse will each receive R100,000.
Lafferty led the trainers table after the last Scottsville meeting with 447 points.
The yard is on an upward curve and, for Hollywoodbets Sizzling Summer Competition purposes, the Lafferty horses are coming well at the right time.
The Lafferty-trained Bint El Malak won for the second time in four runs during the challenge and she leads the horse table on 55 points, 15 clear of her stablemate Explosive Beauty.
She is a King’s Chapel full sister to Malak El Moolook, now racing in Mauritius and a horse who placed in the Gr3 Graham Beck and Gr2 Gauteng Guineas in the care of Sean Tarry. Bred by Bush Hill Stud, their dam Lee Danzig has produced 5 winners to date, and she enjoyed tremendous success with matings to King Of Kings – who in turn is also the sire of the now retired King’s Chapel.
Kom Naidoo has a 2yo filly half-sister to Bint El Malak, named Magicallee (Willow Magic) who finished gamely by a whisker, 2nd on debut recently.
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