The Brett Crawford trained Edict Of Nantes confirmed himself as a leading contender for next month’s Gr1 Vodacom Durban July when landing a very competitive looking Gr1 Daily News 2000 at Greyville on Saturday.
Winner of the 2017 Gr1 Investec Cape Derby, the colt was dispatched a 22-10 chance, after a pleasing recent KZN debut, but Gr1 SA Derby winner Al Sahem (Silvano) was installed tote favourite –despite the fact he was making his Greyville debut.
Gingerbread Man (Querari) went out to make the running, as Zodiac Ruler (Zoffany) was slow away.
Secret Captain was second, with outsider Dark Moon Rising (Ideal World) well positioned, and Edict Of Nantes and Al Sahem further back in running.
Al Sahem fanned out wide around the turn, as Edict Of Nantes made his challenge down the inside. The two Gr1 winners fought out a brief duel, before Edict Of Nantes, under a good ride from Anton Marcus, stamped his authority and went on to score by half a length over a game Al Sahem.
Horizon (Dynasty) was a well beaten third, beaten 3.5 lengths, ahead of maiden winner Glider Pilot (A P Arrow) who caught the eye back in fourth position.
Edict Of Nantes landed the 2000m contest in a time of 121.3 –and provided his trainer, and owners, Mayfair Speculators, with a memorable Grade One double.
The son of Count Dubois and Jet Master mare Pagan Dance was a R360 000 buy from the 2015 Klawervlei Farm Sale, and has stamped himself a contender for Equus Award glory with his second Grade One victory.