Former Zimbabwean and South African-based trainer Neil Bruss won Saturday’s Gr 1 SR250,000 King Abdulaziz Racetrack Champion Cup over 2000m on sand with the six-year-old Oratorio colt Gods Speed, who was ridden by Luis Morales.
Jumping from gate 7 in a ten horse field, the Abdulelah Abdul Aziz Almousa-owned horse had cover throughout and travelled well.
Morales made his move around the final turn and entering the 400m straight just had to overtake the pacemaker on his inside.
The good looking bay then surged into the lead and managed to held on from the charging pair Smoking Sun (Smart Strike) and Ibn Alnafees (Premium Tap).
Bruss’ latest stint in Saudi Arabia began last September and in 100 runs he has had 14 winners.
The veteran trainer is an outstanding horseman and has successfully raided Dubai with his Saudi Arabian-trained horses before.
In 2009 he sent out former Port Elizabeth horse Paris Perfect and the Argentinian-bred Muller to run third and fourth respectively in the Dubai World Cup.
Oratorio currently stands at Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm in Stellenbosch. “Winning this race at 6 years old once again just proves the longevity of his offspring and bodes well for his supporters in South Africa too,” says Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh.