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Golden Hostess wins the Gr 3 Hollywoodbets Diana Stakes with ease (Picture: Wayne Marks)

The Candice Bass-Robinson-trained Drakenstein Stud-homebred Golden Hostess became former Drakenstein-based stallion Gold Standard’s first Graded Stakes winner and second bold black type runner when easily winning the Gr 3 Hollywoodbets Diana Stakes under Aldo Domeyer over an ideal trip of 1400m at Hollywoodbets Durbanville on Saturday.

Gold Standard, who is an ideal stallion for small breeders as his record proves he is outstanding value, was moved last week from Drakenstein to the famous Vogel Vlei stud farm of the Birch Brothers near the Eastern Cape Karoo town of Dordrecht.

Golden Hostess proved to be just below the best as a three-year-old and Saturday’s race gave her a good opportunity to convert her multiple Gr 1-placed form into a Gr 3 win.
She was easily the best weighted runner in the weight for age plus penalties event.
Aldo Domeyer sat well off the pace with cover and Golden Hostess produced her usual good turn of foot to win easily by 3,25 lengths.
Gold Standard’s first bold black type winner was Gold Poker Game, although she finished second in the Listed Jamaica Handicap and inherited the race later due to a medication violation by the winner.   
Gold Standard has two of the top six four-year-old fillies in the land, Golden Hostess and Hold My Hand, not bad for a stallion who is standing for just R7,500 for a live foal (see advertisement above).