Talented three-year-old Eden Roc confirmed his love of the Hollywoodbets Scottsville track on Saturday when downing a high-class field of sprinters to land the G2 Post Merchants (1200m) in convincing fashion.
Winner of his only other start at Scottsville, when victorious in the G1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion, the Sean Tarry trained Eden Roc was let go at 12-1, after he finished seventh and fifth at his two previous starts.
However, a drop back in trip at his favourite course proved the key to Eden Roc and he duly went on to score a smart win.
Jockey Stuart Randolph bided his time aboard Eden Roc, as the field split up into three different groups, with Cabo Da Cruz (26-1), Solid Gold (26-1) and Socrates (45-1) all in the firing line early on.
However, Eden Roc’s fine turn of foot proved lethal, and he colt powered clear to score a half length win over CTS 1200 hero Invidia (11-1) with 33-4 Cartel Captain, a stablemate to the favourite, taking third.
Favourite Ultra Magnus hung badly close home and he could only finish fifth, as the winner stopped the clock in a time of 67.13.
Bred by the Varsfontein Stud, Eden Roc has now won four of 12 starts, with his third graded win taking the colt’s earnings to R1 103 800.
One of 51 stakes winners thus far for Avontuur Estate’s G1 Prix de l’Abbaye winner Var, Eden Roc was a R340 000 buy from the 2018 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
He is out of G2 Odessa Stud Fillies Championship winner Townsend, a half-sister to the Tarry trained Champions Challenge winner Regal Ransom.
Images: Candiese Lenferna Photography