The Brett Crawford trained Sunset Eyes showed his class when running out a convincing winner at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Wednesday.
A six-year-old son of Western Winter, the gelding was having his first start since winning the Listed Umngeni Handicap at the end of July but proved too classy, as the tote favourite, for his six rivals in Wednesday’s Gold Circle Podcast Pinnacle Stakes over 1100 metres.
Despite having to shoulder 62kgs, the Moutonshoek bred Sunset Eyes powered home to post a facile and visually impressive 1.8 length win.
He was ridden to victory by Anton Marcus, with Marcus picking up his first win on the Western Winter son in the process.
Now unbeaten in three starts on the Greyville polytrack, Sunset Eyes has now won seven of his 27 starts and has earned just over R750 000.
Assistant trainer Peter Muscutt said after his charge’s win, “He is a quality horse, just a push-button horse to train and a pleasure to have around. I think he will now head to Johannesburg for a crack at the Merchants.”
Racing for Mrs Delma Sherrell and the Estate of the late Chris Gerber, Sunset Eyes is one of two stakes winners produced by the stakes placed Qui Danzig mare Winning Eyes, with the latter also dam of Listed Ibhayi Stakes winner Albert Mooney (by Captain Al)