The Mike and Adam Azzie yard continued their dominance of the Listed Spring Spree Stakes today, registering their third win in this race in the last four runnings, and this time the victor, Bohica, could prove to be something special.
He was the first of two impressive winners on the day, the other being the St. John Gray-trained Dance Class, who recorded her sixth win on the trot.
It is not often a widely drawn horse wins with consummate ease after being carried out around the turn over 1200m to the extent that he had to be eased and switched inward.
That is exactly what happened to Bohica today and he looked to be ominously out of his ground before they had turned for home.
However, national log-leading jockey S’manga Khumalo did not panic and was soon scything through the field like a hot knife through butter.
Bohica, starting at odds of 7/4 and carrying 56kg off a 105 merit rating, beat Alramz by three-quarters of a length in effortless fashion and will be a force to be reckoned with this season.
He had been running over further but since dropped in trip to sprints he has been a revelation and this was his third easy win on the trot.
He joined last year’s dead-heater and #kznbred Angel’s Power and the 2017 winner Will Pays as Azzie winners of this race in the last four years.
Later, Dance Class comfortably won a 2600m Middle Stakes event and took one step closer to being genuinely compared with her three-parts relative Dancewiththedevil .
The small but powerfully built daughter of Modus Vivendi once again displayed a tremendous turn of foot from midfield and won easing up by 1,25 lengths under regular pilot Sherman Brown.
Capetown Noir is now resident in Summerveld at the Scribante’s Piemonte Stud.