A Field of 11 talented fillies will face the starter in Saturday’s Gr2 Joburg Spring Challenge over 1450m at Turffontein and a runner that will probably come in under the radar in the company of a few big names is She’s A Dragon, the home-bred four-year-old from the small yard of trainer Craig Mayhew.
This doesn’t mean that She’s A Dragon is without a chance. A three-time winner from 10 starts, this lightly-raced daughter of Jay Peg contested and actually placed in all three legs of the 2016 Triple Tiara, a fine achievement for Mayhew and co-owner Flank Lang, who bred her along with Mayhew’s father, Reg.
“She’s A Dragon was bred from our own mare Cherry Flower (Goldkeeper), a full-sister to the top-class Cerise Cherry we bought for nothing several years ago,” said Mayhew. With blood like that flowing through her veins it is no wonder that She’s A Dragon has come to scare the more prominent runners of her generation a few times and perhaps Saturday she can pick up a Graded race of her own.
Mayhew said: “She’s A Dragon is being prepared for November’s Gr2 Ipi Tombe Challenge so she’s not 100% at her best, we’d like her to peak for that race, but she is very well. She matured and strengthened in her time off after the Triple Tiara and her recent prep run was pleasing.
“I’m not big on the 2nd run after a layoff theories, on what she’s showing in work our filly should have a good season. We expect her to be competitive on Saturday and she could well finish in the money.”