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Luyolo Mxothwa gave Make It Snappy a fine ride in the Grade 1 Cartier Paddock Stakes on Saturday but will be replaced by Keagan de Melo for the WSB Met, simply due to the 51,5kg weight she has to carry. 

The connections of the country’s only dual Grade 1 winner to date this season, the Brett Crawford-trained Hollywood Syndicate-owned three-year-old Dynasty filly make It Snappy, have decided to put the country’s leading rider Keagan de Melo aboard her for the WSB Met simply because he is a natural lightweight who will have no problem making the 51.5kg weight.

Regular rider Luyolo Mxothwa rides to 55.5kg so would have had a tough task slimming down, whereas De Melo rides to 52.5kg so just has to take off 1kg.

Anthony Delpech, the racing manager of Hollywood, said the filly had come out of her win in the Grade 1 wfa Cartier Paddock Stakes over 1800m well.

The plan before the Paddock had always been to take their time to get to the front from a wide draw, because the rest of the field consisted largely of hold up types.

It worked out well and she got there for free, so was able to produce extra when challenged by Equus Horse Of The Year Captain’s Ransom in the final stages. 

She became the ninth filly to do the Cape Fillies Guineas/Paddock Stakes double in the same season.

Make It Snappy will be bidding to become the second three-year-old filly to win the Met since the conditions were changed to weight for age.

When the Justin Snaith-trained Oh Susanna (Street Cry) won it five years ago in 2017 she became the first three-year-old filly to win the Met for over 100 years.

Make It Snappy is unlikely to get an easy lead in the Met.

However, she has only had five starts and has already beaten the like of the Equus Horse Of The Year Captain’s Ransom as well as Grade 1 Woolavington 2000 winner Silver Darling, Hollywoodbets Durban July winner Sparkling Water, Wilgerbosdrift Triple Tiara heroine Rain In Holland, last year’s Grade 1 Cape Fillies Guineas winner Chansonette and she has twice beaten last year’s narrow Paddock Stakes third-placed and Grade 2 Gold Bracelet winner Marina.

So nobody yet knows just how good she is.

She has come under the radar but could this filly, who is leased by Hollywood from Ridgemont Highlands, be an Igugu or an Ipi Tombe?

She is bidding to become the first filly in history to do the Cape Fillies Guineas/Paddock Stakes/Met treble.