Gareth Wright looks oversized on the tiny Beach Bomb (Picture: Wayne Marks).
The Candice Bass-Robinson-trained Beach Bomb by the late Lancaster Bomber is a small filly who resembles her mother Beach Beauty to some extent and in her last two starts she has shown she also possesses her mother’s big heart and exhilarating turn of foot.
The Drakenstein Stud-bred homebred Beach Bomb actually drifted in the betting on Saturday for the WSB Listed Irridescence Stakes over 1500m, despite having won her maiden in testing going over 1200m by 5,25 lengths.
She was also going to always relish the step up in trip.
She went off at generous odds of 15/2 in the face of strong support for her stablemate October Morn, a Drakenstein homebred by Trippi who started at 63/10.
Darryl Maree of Weighted To Win pointed out before the race that October Morn had to have a stamina doubt and taking such short odds was not advisable.
October Morn’s dam Miss October by Var was an out and out 1000m specialist, with all five of her wins being over that distance , including the Grade 3 Tommy Hotspur Handicap.
Miss October has also tended to produce speed horses like Gr 1-winning sprinter Tempting Fate (Master Of My Fate), four-time winning sprinter Spring Break (Trippi) and twice-winning sprinter Spielberg.
October Morn, winner of the Perfect Promise Sprint by six lengths, duly found no extra in the last 200m after moving up well in the sticky conditions and was beaten 6,65 lengths into fourth.
Beach Bomb sat handy and looked to be enjoying herself.
She moved up to join the leader and then in a fashion highly reminiscent of her mother found a telling burst in the last furlong to win going away by three lengths under Gareth Wright.
Wright said he remembered Beach Beauty to be slightly bigger than Beach Bomb.
He said Beach Bomb lacked rein but further down was a nicely put together horse with a good action.
Beach Bomb becomes War Front stallion Lancaster Bomber’s second stakes winner, the first being the Glen Kotzen-trained Rascova, who will be going for Gr 1 Douglas Whyte Stakes glory at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Sunday.
Lancaster Bomber is going to be a big loss as he looks likely to be named Champion Freshman sire.
He has had 19 individual stakes winners of 23 races. That is just three individual winners short of the 22 record for a freshman stallion held by Captain Al.
Lancaster Bomber is more than R700,000 clear of Danon Platina in stakes accumulation, so is unlikely to be caught.
Beach Bomb is Beach Beauty’s third stakes winner.
Beach Beauty’s five runners to date have all been multiple winners.
Beach Bomb looks to have a bright future.