The first race at Turffontein Inside yesterday, a Juvenile Plate for fillies over 1200m, saw the good looking daughter of Querari, Gobsmacked, defying a 3kg win penalty and winning easily under Keagan de Melo, despite jumping from a wide draw.
She did not beat much but the Laurence Wernars-owned Maine Chance Farms-bred filly looks the part and is one to follow.
De Melo said the team appeared to be on top of the temperamental issues she had and felt she had a bright future.
She displayed a lovely, flowing action.
She is a half-sister to Janse van Vuuren’s Grade 1 winner Mighty High (Pathfork), who won the Allan Robertson second time out.
He said Mighty High had been a hot filly, so wondered whether this filly had inherited her temperamental issues from the female side.
However, he pointed out she was smart and did not waste energy during the race but only beforehand, so hoped to be able to iron those issues out.
Janse Van Vuuren and De Melo combined for a double and so did Stuart Pettigrew and Kabelo Matsunyane.
Picture: Gobsmacked winning yesterday (JC Photos)