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Wonderwall downs older rivals in Spring Challenge

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The Tarry yard enjoyed a notable success at a rain marred Turffontein meeting on Saturday when saddling the Chris Van Niekerk owned runners Wonderwall and Finchatton to run 1-2 in the G2 Joburg Spring Challenge, run over 1450m on the inside track.
Wonderwall was given a superb ride by last seasonís Equus Champion Apprentice Lyle Hewitson, with the pair making all the running to score a surprise 21-2 win over stable companion Finchatton, with the latter running out of his skin to finish two and a quarter lengths behind the progressive 3yo Querari colt.

Recent G3 Spring Spree Stakes Will Pays was back in third, with former Charity Mile winner, and tote favourite, New Predator, well beaten in fourth.

Wonderwall, shouldering 51kgs in Saturdayís race, was making his first outing since finishing third in last seasonís G1 SA Nursery, and this was a win full of merit.
Bred by Maine Chance Farms, the lightly raced Wonderwall (now a winner of two of his five starts), was a R320 000 purchase from the 2016 Ready To Run Sale Presented by Lanzerac Hotel & Spa.
He is out of the winning Silvano mare Westwardly, a half-sister to Michael Roberts Handicap winner West Coast Gold.

Sean also saddled another smart looking 3yo in the form of Rockin Russian who was by no means disgraced when a good third in Saturdayís G2 Joburg Spring F&M Challenge and this Seventh Rock filly looks on course for a good season.
The yard had earlier enjoyed a double at Greyville the day before, when sending out Penultimate, under topweight, to score for owners Chris Van Niekerk and Markus Jooste and the beautifully bred filly Kahula for owner Brian Riley.


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