PE horse wins R1m sprint

GREAT WIN: The Fairview-based Copper Parade storms to victory in the R1-million Computaform Sprint at Turffontein on Saturday
GREAT WIN: The Fairview-based Copper Parade storms to victory in the R1-million Computaform Sprint at Turffontein on Saturday

THE local racing fraternity was celebrating yesterday after the Port Elizabeth- bred, trained and owned horse, Copper Parade, won the R1-million Grade 1 Computaform Sprint run over 1000m at Africa’s richest raceday at Turffontein in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The six-year-old gelding’s jockey, multiple South African champion Piere Strydom, 47, also hails from Port Elizabeth. His father, Hekkie, and brother, Jaques, are both trainers in the Bay.

The unfancied Copper Parade, who started at odds of 16-1, produced a storming finish to collar the 14-10 favourite, champion filly Via Africa, trained by another former Bay resident, Durban-based Duncan Howells, in the final stages. – Estelle Ellis

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