|KZN-bred Ice Machine Scintillating Gr 2 Green Point Win|
KZN-bred Silvano gelding Ice Machine’s grabbed a last gasp win in Saturday’s R300 000 Gr 2 Green Point Stakes run at WFA, over the Kenilworth winter mile. Kevin Shea swooped from nowhere with a cool balanced ride, to sour what looked like a dream return to winning form for Joey Ramsden’s smart grey, King Of Pain.
In winning this race, Ice Machine confirmed the potential often raved about by his previous trainer Garth Puller, who had brought him down for the 2013 J&B Met.
This was his best career performance, after finishing a great second to Beach Beauty in the 2013 Gr 2 Drill Hall Stakes.
Kannemeyer has done well with the son of Silvano, and notched up his second win on the trot.
The surprise victory would also no doubt have served some compensation for the flat run of Capetown Noir, who was beaten by a wide draw.
In the fifteen horse field, No Worries led Hill Fifty Four and Castlethorpe, with Beach Beauty and Capetown Noir going together in a joint fourth position. Summerhill-bred son of Kahal, No Worries, dashed down the rail led deep into the home run, with Capetown Noir getting going but labouring down the middle of the track. At that stage Ice Machine, who had come from way back, was drawing alongside Beach Beauty about four lengths off the lead.
Into the final stages Ice Machine drew alongside King Of Pain, who seriously appeared to be going like a winner. In an exciting finish Shea didn’t punish his mount and Ice Machine put his best foot forward to grab King Of Pain in the last stride. Both started at 16/1. The winning margin was a head, with a winning time of 98, 21secs posted.
The Dennis Drier Dynasty mare Beach Beauty, started a 9/10 favourite, and ran a 1,55 length third. The pacemaking No Worries went quite fast in a notable change of tactics, but stayed on for fourth, while Capetown Noir finished behind him in fifth position.
A son of Silvano, Ice Machine is out of the three time winning Elliodor mare Skid Alley.
Bred by Roy Meaker and he registered his seventh win with 5 places from 19 starts, taking his stake earnings with this victory to R635 950. Ice Machine was recently nominated as part of the category of KZN Breeders Awards Outstanding Sprinter Male.
– extract sportingpost.co.za