Four-year-old Bingwa caused something of a surprise when he stormed home to a facile win in Saturday’s lucrative G2 Allied Steelrode-Onamissionmile at Turffontein.

Runner up in the G2 #ThisIsRacingJoburg Spring Challenge last time out, the Dorrie Sham trained gelding confirmed the merit of that effort with a dominant win in Saturday’s R800 000 graded feature.

Making the most of his relative light weight and race fitness, Bingwas was given a well timed by Chase Maujean, Maujean positioning his overlooked mount just off the front running pair of Astrix and Ikigai.

 With 200m left to run in what was previously known as the Peermont Emperors Palace Charity Mile, Maujean sent Bingwa to the front, and the pair powered away from their struggling rivals to score by three and a quarter lengths.

The front running Astrix stayed on to claim third spot, ahead of third place runner, and Astrix’s stablemate, MK’s Pride (conceding the winner 4.5kgs) with the latter finishing three and a half lengths off the winner.

Last season’s World Sports Betting Triple Crown winner Malmoos looked to be going well for much of the race, but perhaps lack of fitness took its toll, with the son of Captain Al fading out to finish eighth, while five time G1 winner Got The Greenlight finishing one place further back.

Bred and owned by Mr and Mrs Stonebridge, Bingwa claimed his first graded win, and fourth win from 17 starts, in a time of 99.52 seconds.

The gelding is the 12th stakes winner for Irish champion Pathfork, with that son of Distorted Humor also sire of the G1 winners Mighty High and Pearl Of Asia.

Bingwa is out of the Century Stand mare Marauding Lady.

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