1986 Gr1 SA 2000 lead in 9After going down to stable-companion Enchanted Garden in the Sun International, Potomac renewed battle with his peers in the third leg of the Triple Crown, the South African Two Thousand at Greyville in the first week of June.

Potomac was an odds-on favourite, with Model Man strongly supported at 18/10.  Nothing else was seriously backed to beat this pair, more so after it was announced that Jungle Rock had injured himself in the float on the way to the track.  The Transvaal challenger was examined and pronounced fit to run but after being in with a chance at the turn, dropped out to finish with only two runners behind him.

1986 Gr1 SA Two Thousand - POTOMAC - canterGiven the suspect stamina of opponents Model Man and Another Treat, Millard used stable mate Beaulieu as a pacemaker.  Beaulieu set a cracking pace right from the start, with both Potomac and Model Man in close attendance.  When the leader had enough, just before entering the straight, he switched out, to leave the way for Potomac.  The hot pace had suited Potomac, but Model Man as well.

1986 Gr1 SA Two Thousand - POTOMAC - finishThe two pulled well clear of the rest of the field and in a tremendous battle Potomac claimed victory, for which Felix Coetzee’s rhythmic and very coordinated finish riding must be largely responsible.  Despite jockey Marcus’ (on Model Man) unquestionable ability, we cannot help but think that Felix would have won on either horse.  This was a race in which both horses must have gone to the bottom of their reserves.

For the record, Potomac was timed to run the distance in 2:02,20, just a fifth of a second outside the race record set by Wild West in 1985.

It was to be Potomac's last start of the season.  A viral infection caused his withdrawal from the Oceanair Derby and the Rothmans July Handicap.  He ended the season with seven wins and two places from ten starts and was voted Champion 3yo Colt.

 

 

1986 Gr1 SA 2000 results

Links:

September 1986 Winner's Circle - The Best of 85-86

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