Rand challenger Main Man and the Cape's Bush Telegraph arrived at Scottsville unbeaten, each having won three races including a feature - Main Man the Gr1 SA Nursery and Bush Telegraph the Gr2 Cape Nursery. Unfortunately for one, defeat was imminent in the 1200m Gr1 contest, which was decided on objection, the second Gr1 result so affected in a week.
Jean Heming-trained Main Man was smartly into stride and was in the vanguard throughout with Bush Telegraph racing just off the pace. An exciting tussle ensued, in which Main Man moved off a straight course, bumping and boring Bush Telegraph. Stipes lodged an objection against the Main Man, who had been first to the line by a short-head.
Run at a cracking pace throughout, the time of 1:08,79 set a new race record, improving Duc du Orleans'1980 time by 0,30 seconds. For Jean Heming it was an unfortunate outcome when the first two placings were reversed, for had Main Man kept the race it would have been the Rand trainer's fourth Smirnoff success in six years – having won with Smackeroo in '81, Moccasin in '83 and Shooting High last year.
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