Jan 07, 2013
The second leg of our Cranbourne Friday night double, Safari recorded a dashing victory in the 1600m ratings event - working to an early lead and getting clear before the turn.
Wandering off the rails a bit in the run home, Safari was challenged over the final 100m but he found plenty to salute by 1 1/4 lengths.
"He was always going to prove hard to run down," Michael Kent said, adding that the sparingly raced seven-year-old had derived benefit from recent racing.
Having only his third run back from a lengthy spell, the New Zealand bred son of the Japan Cup winner Jungle Pocket recorded his last win at Hastings in April 2011.
He has done a good job to regain form after that time off - Safari having needed an operation for joint issues.
"Originally it was thought he just needed a clean up," racing manager Craig Arrowsmith recalled, "but it ended up being a lot more serious and he needed a much bigger operation - and then a length period of rest and rehab."
Raced by Dr Norman Sonenberg, Colin McCarroll, the Mr Mudcrab Syndicate (manager Brian Allen), Anna Sonenberg and David Sonenberg, Safari is out of the four times winning Kaapstad mare Jessie Kalana from the family of the dual Gr.1 winner Kaaptive Edition.