PAUL Matchett had a dream day at Turffontein on Saturday winning three competitive Listed features over 1000m with bargain buys from various sales. The Randjesfontein trainer is enjoying a good season with 24 winners and sits in 21st spot on the National Log.
Twilight Moon (10-1, Dennis Schwarz), dead-heated with hot favourite Frosted Gold in the Storm Bird Stakes; Basadi Faith (5-2, Devin Habib, headline photo) was much too fast for Gin Fizz in the Ruffian Stakes and See You Tyger (14-1) came from the clouds to secure victory in the Bauhinia Handicap under a good ride from Jarryd Penny.
Matchett paid only R20,000 for Twilight Moon at the Natal Yearling Sale. The Daytona-bred provided freshman sire Wylie Hall with his first stakes winner from just a few runners and Matchett said: “I kept an early eye out for the Wylie Hall yearlings because he is a Gr1 winning son of Redoute’s Choice, and the market was not sure about him.
“I like Twilight Moon a lot, he improved a number of lengths after his debut and I expected a good run. He’s been showing such good work that I went to the recent CRT Sale and picked up two more Wylie Halls for nothing. For his youngster to show this kind of pace is good for the sire and his progeny won’t be so cheap after this!”
Twilight Moon is owned by Roy Wentzel and wife Rose, former Zimbabweans who moved across to South Africa last year and reside in Port Alfred. “They owned horses in Zimbabwe, it’s great to have them on board here too,” said Matchett.
Also new among Matchett’s patrons is showjumper Juanita van der Merwe, a friend of Matchett’s long-time patron Joe Abreu. She owns a terrific filly in Basadi Faith (Master Of My Fate), who must be worth seven figures after her Ruffian Stakes win, considering she’s a close relation of champions National Colour, Rafeef and Mustaaqeem.
Basadi Faith (Devin Habib), stormed home 4.75-lengths clear of Gin Fizz and while Matchett feels that Gin Fizz should have finished closer, Mathew de Kock confirmed the merit of the win by noting that Gin Fizz was beaten “fair and square”.
A CTS April Yearling Sales graduate, Basadi Faith had a R45,000 price tag around her neck when she left the auction ring.
“Basadi Faith is a quality filly, her time as almost a second faster than the time clocked in the colt’s race. She’ll probably be favourite for the Fillies Nursery now,” said Matchett about what is likely to be her next mission. Two-year-olds often lose their way after showing ability early and the trainer said: “We’ve put good time in between her races, we want to keep her on top of her game.”
See You Tyger was a R30,000 purchase from the 2017 CTS March Sale, where 12 yearlings by the now deceased Where’s That Tiger went under the hammer and Matchett picked the best one. She has plenty of pace, this one, and won her Maiden by five lengths leading from the front, though took the Bauhinia with a late finish, coming from last.
“See You Tyger was unlucky not to have won last time, she couldn’t get a way through late and was beaten just over a length. She went through the late gap today and won a good race. It will get harder for her now, but we’ll look for the right races. She’s been a good investment.”
See You Tyger has won R286,000 with three wins from 12 starts for partners Clive vd Mescht, Jacques Hugo, Les Taylor and Sam van Rensburg.