TURF Talk columnist and bloodstock consultant David Allan was arguably even happier than the winning owners when Whose That Girl romped home in Saturday’s R150,000 Listed Highlands Stud (Part Of Ridgemont) Sweet Chestnut Stakes over 1400m at Kenilworth.

Allan manages The Alchemy’s up-and-coming stallion Gitano Hernando (sire of Whose That Girl), whose offspring are racy, durable types who have sold for less than their value at various auctions so far but with this black-type win on the board may see buyers’ sentiments change.

Gitano Hernando.
Gitano Hernando.

“Those of you kind enough to read our… ‘The Gitanos are coming…’ and ‘Gitano is building…’ stuff (in our newsletters) and elsewhere will know how delighted we are,” enthused Allan in an e-mail to clients on Saturday night.

A Gr1 winner on two continents, Gitano Hernando won the Goodwood Stakes over 1800m at Sana Anita in 2009 and then defeated River Jetez in the 2011 Singapore Cup.

“I saw ‘the man himself’’ this morning (Saturday) and he looks magnificent,” Allan concluded.

There was plenty to like about the way Whose That Girl won the race for Candice Bass-Robinson and Aldo Domeyer. She produced a strong finish to lead halfway down the straight and kept plugging away to win from late challenger, Sylvanite.

Whose That Girl was a R85,000 buy for Mike Bass the 2015 CTS March Yearling Sale and she races for a partnership of owners Messers Brooks, Govender and Otto, and Mrs Mason.


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