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.
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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