The William Longsword gelding Hasta Manana clinched his first stakes success and was the cheese on the sandwich of a terrific Gareth van Zyl-Anton Marcus – Mario Ferreira treble at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Sunday, including two for Rathmor Stud.
Gareth van Zyl enjoyed one of his best days at the office and saddled a four-timer.
The R100 000 Listed Model Man Mile, named in honour of former SA Horse Of The Year and our first equine millionaire Model Man, saw an eleven strong field of 3yo’s face the starter.
Easy to back at 14-1 after taking six runs to crack his maiden, Hasta Manana showed resolve and some improved maturity to quicken readily and beat Purple Flame by 1,60 lengths in a time of 98,02 secs.
The previously unbeaten-in-two favourite Quasiforsure stayed on well without threatening for third.
“Things went his way. He had a good gate, a nice lead and he quickened,” said Ridgemont jockey Anton Marcus. The former champion was to ride six winners on a profitable weekend, after winning the last in the same silks for the same stable.
Bred by Rathmor Stud, Hasta Manana is a son of William Longsword (Captain Al) out of Ireland one-time winner Queen Of Spain (Holy Roman Emperor), herself immaculately bred and a half-sister to recently deceased sire, Mastercraftsman.
A winner of 2 races with 5 places from 8 starts for stakes of R184 500, Hasta Manana looks to be improving fast.
Rathmor ended the day with a smart performance from Twice Over gelding out of Azure Sky, with Double Edge giving owner Mario Ferreira his 3rd win on the day.
Rathmor Stud stand the smart new son of War Front, Declarationofpeace.
Well done to all concerned.