Duncan added his name to the Scottsville “Hall of Fame” on Sunday as Neptune’s Rain recorded his 10th back type winner at the Pietermarizburg course, joining a select group of trainers that include his old mentor David Payne and Terrance Millard. The win was also Duncan’s 50th for the season, the first KZN-based trainer to reach that milestone this season.
With a stable brim-full of talent, Duncan is hoping to keep his nose in front and record his second title as KZN Champion Trainer.
Neptune’s Rain was also Duncan’s third winner of the race after back-to-back wins by Passive Resistance and La Pucelle.
The stable was in good form at Scottsville on Sunday with Keagan de Melo riding two excellent races on the Dave MacLean pair of Neptune’s Rain and Procul Harem, both now candidates for the Gr1 Allan Robertson and the Gr1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion come the 27th of May.
Procal Harem made a smart debut against winners, finishing second to Sniper Shot, whose form has stood up well with Sunday’s Godolphin Barb Stakes winner Woljayrine and second-placed Sir Frenchie behind him that day.
Keagen copped a R1k fine from the stipes for not keeping a straight course from the gate but Procal Harem was hanging towards the inside rail from the start.
Neptune’s Rain was most impressive, sitting in off the pace before accelerating away to beat the highly touted Cape raider Made In Hollywood.