Millard's Argentinian import Potomac started favourite at 8-10, following his convincing win in the Cape Derby last time out. His chief rivals in the betting market were Lines Of Power (3/1) who had bypassed the Southern Sun Classic, and Doubly Sure (5/1), a strong-finishing third when coming from last place in the Classic.

In a slowish run race jockey Felix Coetzee made an early effort to be well placed. Held in fifth through the turn, Potomac appeared to come under pressure long before Lines Of Power in the straight, but that may have been because of the slowish race-pace rather than anything else. Once in full cry, Potomac pounded clear to win by five lengths from Doubly Sure, who denied Lines Of Power second place in the final strides.

This was Potomac’s eighth win from 11 starts, and made him a rare dual Derby winner.



1986 Gr1 SA Derby results

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

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