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Social Order prevails in Kings Cup tussle

Posted 26 March 2018 at 12:54

KINGS CUP (GRADE 3) - R250,000 - 1600m - Greyville

1st R156,250, 2nd R50,000, 3rd R25,000 - March 25


The King’s Cup traditionally heralds the start of the KZN winter season and visitors were quick to stamp their authority on the mile event, with Sean Tarry-trained Social Order making a winning debut at the Greyville circuit.

Confirmed frontrunner Redeemer (Captain Al), in search of a four-timer, tried to make every post a winning one but was a spent force by the time he reached the quarter mark. Social Order and It’s My Turn (Dynasty) moved in for the kill, while Platinum Prince (Silvano) also unleashed a strong challenge up the stand side. Over the final 150m, the trio had the race to themselves, with Social Order just holding the advantage. While It’s My Turn did himself no favours by hanging out, Platinum Prince relentlessly bore down on the leader and in a frenetic finish, Social Order just kept going to cross the line a head in front of the Cape visitor, who finished a similar margin ahead of It’s My Turn.

Remarkably, it has been 365 days since Social Order last saw the inside of the winner’s enclosure. Fitted with second-time blinkers, the four-year-old also provided his trainer with back-to-back King’s Cup victories, following the success of Bulleting Home (Western Winter) in last year’s race. Tarry also saddled 2015 winner, The Hangman (Jallad), owned by Chris van Niekerk, who races Social Order in partnership with Bernard Kantor.

Unraced at two, Social Order looked a fair sort when winning his first two starts at three, but has battled to add to that in nine subsequent starts, his best effort being a second to Hat Puntano in the Gr.2 Charity Mile back in November. The gelding arrived in KZN with fair form, having placed in all of his last three starts, he most recent of which a close-up fourth, beaten less than a length over the Turffontein mile a month ago.

Bred by Boland Stud, he is one of 24 stakes winners sired by Count Dubois and is out of Gr.3 Champagne Stakes victress Dancette (Dancing Duel), a half-sister to Modelia (Model Man), the dam of the multiple Gr.2/3 winner Joshua’s Princess (Joshua Dancer), whose Gr.1 places included a second in the Woolavington 2200 and a third in the Cape Fillies Guineas.

Grandam Drumdeedum (Esplendor), a very able seven-time winner, is an own sister to Gr.2 winner Drum-Dee-Doo and the dual stakes-winner Waldo. Their unraced half-sister Star Drums (Foveros) earned champion broodmare status by producing Gr.1 winners Planetary Music (Foulaad) and Drum Star (Hard Up), in addition to which she is the third dam of Van Niekerk and Tarry’s 2013 Durban July winner, Heavy Metal (Silvano). - AvdB
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