Duncan has been sending out winner after winner in his quest for his second KZN trainers championship and reigning champion Dennis Drier will have been wondering what he had to do to retain his crown.
Duncan, won the card opener at Scottsville yesterday with outsider Fiorella to push his lead out to 10. Duncans on fire, commented a frustrated Drier after an umpteenth second as Sacred Flame played second fiddle to Billy Silver.
There was some relief on the horizon as Dennis broke his run of second placings as Texas Sky got the better of Toltec and a well-supported Tommy Grand in the White Horse Function Room maiden.
Dennis pulled another back on Duncan as bottom weight Great Value landed the seventh and cut his rivals lead to eight with two meetings to go to the end of the season but all the pressure was on in the first.
Fiorella started at long odds but Duncan feels that she has a big future. Unruly at the gate and unshipping Keagan de Melo before taking up her stall made the wait even more tense. Shes a top filly, said Duncan. She was ready to run four weeks ago but she has a hot temperament and I didnt want to press her too hard.
Shes bred to go ten furlongs and barring accidents she should go on a long way from here.
Good lucky to Dave MacLean who looks to have another smart filly.