MET WINNER COULD APPEAR AT GUINEAS MEETING
Published: 20 April 2017
Former G1 J&B Met winner, and Equus Champion, Smart Call, could be seen out in action at the 2017 Guineas meeting.
Now in the care of trainer Sir Michael Stoute, the five-year-old mare, who has not been seen out since capturing the 2016 Met, has been tentatively given an entry in the G2 Charm Spirit Dahlia Stakes, a 1800m contest for fillies and mares due to be run at Newmarket on QIPCO 1000 Guineas day.
Potential Dahlia Stakes runners could include G2 Balanchine Stakes winner Opal Tiara, recent G3 winner Czabo, G2 May Hill Stakes winner Turret Rocks, G3 Snow Fairy Stakes winner Somehow, G2 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes winner Usherette, and the once beaten So Mi Dar, a close third in last year’s G1 Prix de’l Opera on Arc day.
Smart Call, owned and bred by Mauritzfontein, has also been given an entry in the G2 Betfred Middleton Stakes, to be run at York on May 17th.
A daughter of Ideal World, Smart Call won seven races in South Africa, with her victories a defeat of subsequent Horse Of The Year Legal Eagle in the 2016 G1 J&B Met.
She was named Equus Champion Middle Distance Horse and Older Filly/Mare in 2015-2016.
PHILIP SHOWS HIS CLASS
Published: 18 April 2017
The Candice Bass-Robinson trained Dutch Philip showed his class, and made it win number two from just three outings, when downing a smart field in a juvenile plate over 1000m. Dutch Philip, who had been a disappointing favourite when third in the Listed Princess Charlene Of Monaco Foundation SA Summer Juvenile Stakes on Sun Met day last time out, appeared to come off the bit half way through the race, but found another gear under jockey Aldo Domeyer to get up and beat recent maiden winner Speedpoint by half a length.
Race favourite, Made In Hollywood, could only finish third.
The very first winner for his champion sprinter sire What A Winter, Dutch Philip races for Bryn Ressell and Marsh Shirtliff (who campaigned What A Winter) in partnership with Mayfair Speculators.
He is now likely to be aimed at the Listed Somerset 1200, where Dutch Philip will attempt to become the second stakes winner to emerge from What A Winter’s first crop of runners.
Dutch Philip was one of two winners for his trainer, who also saddled former Listed East Cape Guineas winner Brilliant Crimson to pick up his career win, when coming with a late rattle to bag the afternoon’s seventh race. Both of the Bass-Robinson winners were ridden to victory by Aldo Domeyer for owners Mayfair Speculators, Bryn Ressell and Marsh Shirtliff.
Trainer Glen Kotzen and jockey MJ Byleveld teamed up to cause one of the upsets of the year when 75-1 shot Too Phat To Fly made a winning debut in the afternoon’s first race. The daughter of Bezrin was allowed to open a 40-1 chance but drifted to nearly double the odds at the off. Nonetheless, Too Phat To Fly (who is part-owned by her trainer) ran on strongly down the inside to score a convincing two and a quarter length win at the expense of tote-favourite Angel’s Trumpet.
The latter’s trainer Justin Snaith, whose yard has been excelling in KZN, made amends for his first race defeat when saddling both The Right Road (race 3) and Twinkle Toes (race 5) to win their respective races.
Twinkle Toes, a regally bred daughter of Captain Al and G1 Allan Robertson winner On Her Toes, made it win number four when downing stable mate Acaciawood to lift the spoils in a FM 85 handicap over 1000m.
Both of the Snaith winners were steered to victory by Bernard Fayd’Herbe, who made it a treble when guiding the Harold Crawford trained Whispering Light to win the final race on the card.
Bernard was enjoying his first wins back in South Africa, since a stint in Dubai and China.