Coach Juan Nel had a great day at the office on Tuesday, first celebrating his first career treble and then finishing four on the day at Fairview, where eight races were contested on the Polytrack.
Halfway through the meeting, Nel was already victorious with Wolfgang in Race 2, an MR90 Handicap over 1200m, as well as with Lets Rock in fourth, a Maiden Plate for fillies and mares over 1600m.
Tabnews Reports that, of the two, it was the first victory for the filly Crusade that excited Nel the most.
“She ran second in her penultimate and then she stopped lame with Louis (Mxothwa). I was completely devastated, ”said the trainer.
“But we took it easy with her and gave her a little time, and she came back.
“I didn’t expect her to win today, but we take all wins as they come,” said Nel.
Nel added that with a little time this filly will certainly add to her tally of winners.
Nel’s third winner appeared in Race 6, an FM70 Handicap over 1000m, where Variety Breeze caused a big upheaval, stalking favorite Lady Catherine over the final 200m and reversing a 2-length deficit into a victory of a length.
Many punters had considered Lady Catherine the best bet of the day to see them through exotic bets, but that wasn’t the case and only 57 odd tickets remained in the Pick 6 after Variety Breeze’s upset victory. .
What made this Var filly’s victory even more remarkable was that it wasn’t just her first race for Nel after leaving Brett Crawford’s outfit in Cape Town, but her introduction to Polytrack.
After the race, Nel began by welcoming owner Joey Foo-kune to his stable, as this is the first horse he trains for him.
“I’m very happy for Joey,” Nel said.
“She won a good race here and I’m very happy with her.”
Natural Jade closed Nel’s most successful day yet in the last lucky one.