Top juveniles lined up at Greyville on July day for the R75.000 (with R100.000 futurity stake added) Administrator's Champion Futurity Stakes over 1400m - which looked set to determine the season's juvenile title.
Rand colt Main Man, unbeaten in his three starts before losing the Gr1 Smirnoff Plate on an objection to Bush Telegraph, had sidestepped the Administrator's, but the race still attracted a classy field of eleven.
Despite his unbeaten record, Bush Telegraph did not dominate the betting, favouritism being entrusted to Millard's J.G. Hollis Futurity Plate winner Cowdray Park, who was priced up at 6/10. Bush Telegraph was an easy to back second choice at 5/2, with Caerdeon colt Desert Legend - the winner of his four previous starts - finding some support at 4's.
As he had done in the Hollis, Cowdray Park attempted to run his opposition into the ground, setting a good pace to be 1½ lengths clear of Bush Telegraph and Mountain Fortress, with Desert Legend among the backmarkers as the field swung into the straight. At the subway Cowdray Park had had enough, and Bush Telegraph came steaming through on the inside, Desert Legend unwinding a good run on the outside.
Desert Legend's challenge seemed just that bit late, and Bush Telegraph got home by half a length. Honey Bear and Enforce, who had been making steady progress round the turn, ran on for third and fourth,but never looked like troubling the leading pair. Bush Telegraph was timed to run the 1 400m in an incredible 1:22,40 - a full two seconds better than the previous record established by Calvados in 1978.
Bush Telegraph, by US-bred Bold Ruler stallion Jungle Cove was a R110 000 purchase from Highlands Farms' select sales draft at Germiston last year and must now surely have done enough to secure the vote as top juvenile colt of the season.
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