Boxing Day Produces First Stakes Winner For Byword, 3 Wins For Hewitson In Christmas Handicap

Byword chestnut filly Camphoratus trained by the father and son team of Robbie and Shannon Hill, charged home  to win the R250 000 Gr3 Flamboyant Stakes.

Calvin Habib rode a beautifully judged race from off the pace on the Hill galloper, who coincidentally also gave her beautifully bred Mauritzfontein-based sire a first SA stakes winner.

Camphoratus moved up powerfully and went to the line with Roy’s Riviera looking her only danger.

At the post Camphoratus proved the stronger and she registered a deserved first stakes score by a quarter length in a time of 96,90 secs.

Fort Ember was not disgraced under her 62kg topweight and she held on for third a further half length away with Twice As Smart rounding off a decent quartet dividend.

Bred by Rob and Michele Pickering, who sourced and originally stood the winner’s sire Byword before he was sold on and relocated to Mauritzfontein, Camphoratus was purchased for R50 000 by Hill Racing off the 2016 BSA KZN Sibaya Yearling Sale.

She is a daughter of Byword (Peintre Celebre) out of an unraced US-bred Horse Chestnut mare Wild Camphor. Camphoratus has won 4 races with 5 places from 14 starts for stakes of R422 325.

Byword is one of 12 Gr1 winners sired by French champion Peintre Celebre (by Nureyev), and is out of former Broodmare Of The Year Binche, dam also of four time Gr1 winner Proviso. This is the same family as 2015 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint winner Peniaphobia and US champion racemare Wandesta.

SA Champion jockey Lyle Hewitson only comes out of his time in a matter of days and grabbed his third consecutive win in Christmas Handicap on Wednesday at Greyville.

Yet such is his maturity and capability that the young star made it a personal hat-trick of Listed Christmas Handicap victories when he got Greyville specialist Matador Man up in the dying strides to pip the consistent local hope, Kazaar.

Lyle Hewitson has timed it perfectly as he wins on Matador Man. (Pic – Candiese Marnewick/Gold Circle)

Hewitson, who had flown into Durban fresh off a suspension and from a Christmas lunch with his Dad Carl in PE 24 hours earlier, rode Rikitikitana to victory for the Sean Tarry team in 2016 and and also won the Boxing Day feature in 2017 on Wednesday’s topweighted Roy Had Enough for trainer Frank Robinson.

The Tarry trained Matador Man loped behind as Nicklaus led Kazaar and Mr Roy into the run for home.

With the fast improving Kazaar grabbing the initiative in the Brian Burnard silks at the 200m, Matador Man had plenty of ground to make up.

But steering him down his well worn Greyville outside attack strip, Lyle Hewitson gained the initiative late to catch Kazaar by a head in a time of 95,63 secs.

It was only Matador Man’s second stakes success – he also won the Listed Secretariat Stakes in 2016.

A vocal support group of his loyal owners cheered Matador Man home.

The gelding was purchased by the Tawny Syndicate for R180 000 at the 2015 National 2yo Sale and took his stakes earnings to R1 383 450 has now won 6 races with 6 places from 26 starts.

He was bred by Scott Bross from the deceased Toreador (Danehill) out of the four-time winning Mogok mare, Sahara.

Sahara was sold to Summerview Stud at the Scott Bros Dispersal Sale in July, and Gary and Colleen De Klerk have confirmed she is in foal to Master Of My Fate.

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