Pre-race favourite, Madigan lived up to its billing with a commanding showing that sealed victory in the main race of the day, the Bloodstock South Africa 2000 that was contested over 2 000 metres at Borrowdale Race Course yesterday.
Going into the race all eyes were on Madigan, the 3-year old gelding that was bidding for a fourth consecutive win.
When the 8-horse field was dispatched from the starting stalls at the 2 000-metre mark, Madigan however sat back in the middle of the field, as it settled into the rhythm of the race.
It was Candyman Can which established early dominance in the race with Gavin Lerena onboard.
The Lisa Harris trained runner dictated the tempo from the onset and sought to establish a big lead as the 8 horse field passed through the 800 metre mark.
It was then that Madigan began to emerge from the middle of the field and right into the thick of action leaving Candyman Can feeling the heat.
That duly came to pass with about 300 metres to cover when Madigan accelerated with great intensity from the inside to leave the rest of the runners trailing in its wake.
Candyman Can tried to mount a challenge for pole position but that effort was in vain as Madigan powered to a commanding victory.
Madigan was ridden to victory by Quinton riddle who was delighted with the outcome, while trainer Kirk Swanson was equally elated with the impressive showing.
â€œWeâ€™re very excited with the win. It proves that Madigan is an outstanding performerâ€, said Riddle.
Madiganâ€™s win in the feature race was its fourth in succession as the top class gelding sealed the second leg of the Triple Crown after winning the Guineas trial last month.
Candyman Can settled for second best, while Thatwasblazing, which was ridden by Kevin Derere, came third for Gokhan Terziâ€™s stable.
Apachi Rush finished fourth.