OWNERS Basie and Suzette Viljoen have invested heavily in racing in the last few years, and Captain’s Ransom looks like she’s going to go places for the racing-mad couple from North West Province.
The two-year-old filly by Captain Al showed an impressive turn of foot in the Kuda Perfect Promise Sprint over 1200m at Kenilworth, Tuesday, and Snaith Racing will be looking at the Gr1 Cape Guineas in December as her ultimate target this year, with a quiet spell leading up to the race so she can mature.
“Basie and Suzette have bought some really nice horses for us. We told them to wait, they have been patient and now Captain’s Ransom was the first to come through and we are delighted for them” said Jono Snaith of the Moutonshoek-bred.
Candice Bass-Robinson’s Lemon Delight was on her bicycle with 200m to run and looked the likely winner, but Richard Fourie had switched Captain’s Ransom to the rail, where she quickened well and ran past the hard-galloping leader with some ease.
“Captain’s Ransom has gears,” said Snaith. “When I saw Lemon Delight hit the front I thought she’d be hard to catch, but I know Richard rates this filly. When she got into stride it was a matter of how far. She’s an exciting prospect.