IT won’t make sense to predict stardom for a filly who wins a weak Maiden Plate a Durbanville by under two lengths, but Dazzling Sun (9-20) could’ve won by 10 lengths or more if asked to do so, on Tuesday. On that, she has a future.
The daughter Of Camelot needed the experience when she was all the rage on her 1200m debut at Kenilworth last month, finishing a good second, but made amends in good style over 1400m, beating Miss Marilyn by 1.75-lengths.
Jockey Grant van Niekerk had the race in the bag with 200m to go, when she was already five lengths clear under an easy ride and he was looking over his shoulder for possible opposition. With nothing near, he eased her down fully going into the last 75m.
Trainer Justin Snaith commented: “Dazzling Sun has impressed me from the moment we put a saddle on her. She is beautifully put together with extreme athleticism.
“I feel she is a black type filly and the question is at what level. She is one to follow!”
Dazzling Sun is owned by Michael De Broglio, who is based in the United States these days. She was a R1,6-million purchase for John Freeman at the CTS Cape Premier Yearling Sale in 2019. “I loved her at the sale and had an open mandate,” said Freeman.
Dazzling Sun’s dam, Egyptian Sky (Fastnet Rock) has subsequently been exported back to Ireland and she has again been covered by Camelot. Klawervlei Stud’s John Koster, who imported the mare to South Africa in foal to Camelot in 2017, said: “Egyptian Sky’s next foal was by Dynasty, he sold for R750,000 at the Premier Sale earlier this year and has gone to Brett Crawford. Egyptian Sky was sold to an Irish interest at the CTS Mare sale in 2019 and has returned to Ireland.”