TRC rankings star: Luke Ferraris

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Luke Ferraris: dual South African champion apprentice excelled on Rainbow Bridge. Photo:

+10 Luke Ferraris

Luke Ferraris (+10pt, #185 from #269), champion apprentice in South Africa for the last two seasons, became the youngest rider to win the Cape Met in the modern era when he partnered Rainbow Bridge to a dramatic success at Kenilworth on Saturday [Jan 30].

Aged 19, he is the son of Hong Kong-based trainer David Ferraris – and he stole the show on Cape Town’s biggest day’s racing with an outrageous effort on Rainbow Bridge, who was winning the Met for the second time after his 2019 success.

The six-year-old entered the straight in last place before charging up the outside rail, the full width of the track away from his rivals and almost unseen by TV cameras until he was in front. He won by a length and three-quarters from the favourite Belgarion.

“Rainbow Bridge is a horse with a reputation for hanging out,” explained Ferraris, speaking to the Sporting Post

“So we knew that if we went to the outside he could hang all he wanted, and it would not make any difference. That way we also avoided trouble, scrimmaging and any traffic issues. He was so relaxed at the back of the field, and when I asked him he responded like a horse who knew exactly what he wanted.”

If Ferraris is clearly a rising star, then Rainbow Bridge’s trainer Eric Sands (+6pt, #95 from #138) must fall into the veteran category.

Also making nice moves in South Africa were Brett Crawford (+10pt, #89 from #150) and Anton Marcus (+9pt, #56 from #70), the trainer-jockey combination who took the G1 Cape Flying Championship with Run Fox Run.

Perhaps the most noteworthy move came among the horses, though, in the shape of top three-year-old filly Captain’s Ransom (+140pt, #44 from #195), who makes a giant leap after an impressive success in the Majorca Stakes.

Jockey Richard Fourie was left describing the odds-on favourite as “the real deal, phenomenal, and deserving of being called a champion”.

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