The two-year-olds were under the spotlight at Gosforth Park on April 26, with a double feature - the R100.000 TAB Transvaal Juvenile Colts and Geldings Futurity and R50.000 TAB Transvaal Juvenile Fillies Futurity, both with Grade One status and run over 1600m.
Despite the races carrying the name of TAB Transvaal, they are no longer sponsored by the off-course organisation. Transvaal provincial authorities said in 1985 that it might be contrary to the ordinance governing TAB Transvaal for it to promote itself through the sponsorship of races. Consequently, Gosforth Park footed the bill, but it is hoped to recover the money from the Development Fund.
The main race was fought out by Desert Legend, Cloud High and Natal visitor Raised Status. Cloud High went ahead approaching the 200m mark, but couldn't match the finishing efforts of Raised Status and 2/1 favourite Desert Legend, who got the verdict by a neck.
Desert Legend, an improving son of Caerdeon and a full-brother to feature winner Desert Sheik, is owned by Tony Factor and gave the discount king the biggest success yet of his career as an owner.
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