Craig Du Plooy trains the Western Cape grooms at the local school and doesn’t ride a lot these days. He does however put his leg over the Marshall horses from time to time and it was for his longtime boss that he set the tone for the rest of the day when riding a balanced finish to drive the Alado first-timer Half Moon Hotel up to nab the free striding Stormy Ridge on the line in the opener, a Maiden Plate over 1200m. The winner started an unfancied 66-1 and according to the Allan Bloodlines website, “he is bigger than his full sister Moon Over Mobay(in training with Yvette Bremner in the Eastern Cape) and coming along nicely in his work.”That sounds like a stock comment from most trainers but maybe some lucky punters found it prior to the race!

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