The Sean Tarry-trained Drakenstein Stud-bred Duke Of Marmalade filly Rain In Holland gave high-flying Richard Fourie his fourth Grade 1 win of the season in the Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic and made the opposition look ordinary in the process.
When a horse is caught wide and wins an ordinary race, purists sit up and take notice.
It happened to this filly in a Grade 1 and she won going away by 3,25 lengths.
She took a hold in the early stages again, as she did in the Grade 2 Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas, but Tarry said on that occasion she was likely just “mouthy” rather than pulling and it was probably the case here again.
However, when she ended up one wide in midfield outside of the line of runners who were on the rail, plenty of her supporters must have been worried.
They need not have been because her gallop in the straight became more resolute the further they went.
She literally galloped the opposition into the ground.
The much vaunted Desert Miracle actually started favourite at 4-3 and Rain In Holland drifted out to a surprising 25-11, considering she was always going to relish the step up in trip whereas there was a stamina doubt about the former.
The rain affected ground was going to make it more of a test too.
Desert Miracle had a perfect trip on the rail, just behind Rain In Holland, and sliced through the field after turning for home.
She and Rain In Holland came together about 250m out but it was a short-lived contest.
Sprinkles stayed on well for second and is improving all the time.
The outsider Perfect Witness stayed on well too for a 3,50 length third one length ahead of Desert Miracle, who likely did not see out the trip as a few had feared.
Definitely Maybe was next best beaten six lengths.
Rain In Holland was around 40/1 to land the Wilgerbosdrift SA Triple Tiara before the first leg, such was the aura of invincibility surrounding Desert Miracle for the first leg over a mile, but she is now hard to back at 3/10.
Picture: Rain In Holland is out on her own in the Grade 1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic at a rainy Turffontein Standside today and has won the first two legs of the Wilgerbosdrift SA Triple Tiara by a combined margin of 5,75 lengths. (JC Photos)