Roski-bred Journeyman provided Mike De Kock with a last-minute birthday winner in the featured 1600m Xpress Turf Handicap at Meydan Racecourse's domestic fixture on Saturday afternoon.
The R900 000 National Yearling Sales graduate, bred by Greg Royden-Turner of Roski Stud is owned by Wilgebosdrift Farm.
The son of Trippi is out of Rambo's Love, a courageous mare who has just recovered from a life-threatening illness.
The beautiful bay mare has an outstanding Var foal this year. Her Western Winner son Chilli Affair, sold for R1,2million at the 2013 Ready To Run Sale - whilst her two year old Toreador colt, Roy's Marciano, looks to have his first start soon.
Ridden by Johnny Geroudis, Journeyman came from the back impressively, travelling strongly as the runners turned for home before being switched wide by his jockey.
The pair made relentless progress down the centre of the track, leading in the dying strides to deny Washaar.
"He ran really well here when second two weeks ago," said Geroudis. "That was over a bit further (1800m) but this 1600m probably suits him better. We were hopeful coming into the race and I was pretty confident I was going to get there in the final 100m. It is great to ride Mike a winner on his birthday!"
Congratulations to all concerned!
Video of Journeyman winning at Meydan on Saturday in the Xpress Turf Handicap