“IT’s uncanny how certain bloodlines continue to produce high-level winners,” said trainer Corne Spies after three-year-old filly Seattle Singer had won the Gr3 Sycamore Sprint over 1160m at Turffontein on Saturday with a display of good speed.
Seattle Singer clocked 56,56s under jockey Craig Zackey, winning her 3rd of 15 starts for owners Braam Van Huyssteen, Fito Englezakis and Rob MacNab.
Seattle Singer is by Ascot Stud’s deceased Sail From Seattle from Royal Drummer, by Kilconell, herself a half-sister to Spies’ erstwhile star filly, Rock Opera.
Rock Opera, by Lecture from Drummer Girl (Al Mufti) was unbeaten in South Africa, winning the Gr2 SA Nursery and the Gr1 Allan Robertson Championship. Exported to Dubai, she placed third in the Listed UAE Guineas for the late Sheik Rashid.
At stud, Rock, Opera produced the 11-time winner Heavy Metal (GB) by Exceed and Excel, whose successes included a Gr2 in the UK. He ran in Saturday’s Godolphin Mile.
Locally, Seattle Singer’s full-brother Gulf Storm, has won eight races for Brett Crawford including the Gr1 2016 Cape Flying Championship.
Seattle Singer touched 33-1 with bookmakers, but, as Spies pointed out, there was no reason for odds that high. On form, she should have started as one of the favourites.
He said: “Just look back a bit at Seattle Singer’s earlier runs. She finished second to Janoobi in the Gr3 Protea Stakes, he’s since won a Gr2. She beat Ektifaa over 1200m in a Maiden Plate, she’s gone on to win a Gr2. Then, we took her to Scottsville and raced against the colts for a good second to Always in Charge in the Gr1 Gold Medallion.
“We were somewhat disappointed in her comeback run recently, she was beaten just over three lengths in the Bauhania Handicap, but was too far off the pace that day. She had a handy weight this time and Craig Zackey had her right up there where she prefers to race. She fades when she has too much ground to make up. When she’s handy, she goes on with it.”
Seattle Singer holds an entry in next week’s Gr3 Man O’War Stakes (along with Ektifaa, Green Pepper and some well-performed colts) and Spies said: “We may take them on again.”
Part-owner Braam van Huyssteen’s super run of success continues. Seattle Singer was the Tekkie Town boss’ 80th winner of the season.
Photo: JC Photos.