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Captain’s Ransom underlined her superstar status with a stunning last to first triumph in The G1 Schweppes Majorca Stakes….but not before giving her countless fans a near heart attack in the process. 

Richard Fourie had parked the 17-10 favourite in the rear from the widest draw, and looked to have too big a mountain to climb when Fillies Guineas winner Chansonette swept into the lead with 400m to go. 

Chansonette still looked a certain winner inside the final 100, but Fourie had angled the champion to the extreme outsideby now and she displayed her undoubted class in no uncertain terms when she swept by in the final few strides to win going away by just under half a length. 

But according to jockey Fourie, we were all worrying for nothing. 

“The pace was mediocre but I bided my time. Coming into the straight I knew I had it,” said the coolest man in the house. 

But owner Suzette Viljoen had a different view……

“Halfway up the straight I was very worried. I asked Basie what he thinks and he replied ‘we’re gone.’ “

Justin Snaith put her greatness in perspective. 

“A really amazing filly . To Suzette and Basie you have one in a million here.”

Peerless over 1600m, Captain’s Ransom may already have the Equus champion older filly title in the bag as she has won two G1’s and a G3 as part of a perfect 4/4 record this term.