The annual July revenge-race was won in gallant fashion by Model Man, providing consolation for the colt's connections after a troubled third in the Chris Smith Bloodstock Guineas, a nail-biting second in the SA Two Thousand, and fourth from a wide draw in the Rothman's July.
On the strength of her impeccable record, July-third Enchanted Garden started favourite at 16/10. Model Man, generally thought to be more at home over the 1800m, was not without his supporters as the 28/10 second choice, with regular rider Basil Marcus in the saddle.
Enchanted Garden lost whatever winning chance she might have had when first Clean Break moved out on her down the back stretch and then Jungle Rock moved in, giving her a hefty bump in the process. The favourite's stable companion Ecurie was handily placed in third spot behind early leader Rise and Rule and Symbolize, with Model Man a little wide and a good few lengths off the pace.
Symbolize brought the field into the straight, to be challenged by Ecurie, who went into a clear lead more than 400m out. Jungle Rock was the first to emerge from the pack, but Model Man was in full flight and gaining ground fast. Ecurie was still in front with a furlong to go, but had no answer when challenged by Model Man, who won by a widening ¾ length. Jungle Rock's effort spluttered a little in the closing stages, but he was good enough to hold third from a fast-finishing Uncle Percy.
Model Man, a R38 000 purchase at the '84 National Yearling Sale, has developed into a magnificent colt and this Patrick Lunn trained son of French-bred Elliodor really has only one blemish in his track record to date - when down the field in Sea Warrior's Richelieu Guineas over 1600m at Milnerton earlier this year, after an interrupted preparation.
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