2012-03-31 Turffontein - race 8
Slumdogmillionaire wins the GRADE-1 SA Classic.. The main event of the 12 race program, the SA Classic Grade-1 for 3 year olds over 1800m, saw Team G represented with Slumdogmillionaire and Brooks Club, both drawn out wide at 11 and 12. There were no slip ups at the jump this time for Slumdog and he bounced straight out to take lead and set his own pace throughout. Brooks Club didn't fare as well and he ended up widest of all, mid-field with nowhere to go. Turning for home Slumdogmillionaire once again took a bit of time to get going and halfway down the straight he was under pressure as race favourite Gimmethegreenlight slipped past him. The changeover was short-lived however as Slumdogmillionaire kicked into finishing gear to retake the lead and stay there. Pomodoro flew up at the death and did everything but tag Slumdogmillionaire on the line in a decision that had to go to the judges.. ..and SLUMDOGMILLIONAIRE! by a nose, jubilation for the connections and followers and another Grade-1 under the belt for Team G Racing. Slumdogmillionaire earned his owners Messers J. Sarkis and A. Greyvensteyn a cool R1.25million for the win, recouping his purchase price and surging into profit with a massive future still to come. Brooks Club who raced widest throughout, was unable to produce his trademark acceleration down the straight and finished 3 lengths back in 5th position. His turn will come.
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