DYNASTY’s daughter Lady In Black raced to a commanding win in Sunday’s Gr1 Thekwini Stakes over 1600m at Greyville, overcoming a wide draw and a bump on the bend and stamping herself as a terrific racing prospect.

“She’s very classy, I knew what I had under me,” said jockey Sean Veale after Lady In Black failed to get a good early position and had to stay wide and among the back markers. “It actually worked in my favour, but then we received a nudge from  S’Manga Khumalo (on Desert Rhythm) and I had to wait for her to gather herself.

“All credit to Lady In Black, she’s very good and it’s great to ride my first Gr1 winner for the stable this season,” Veale added.

Trainer Dennis Drier was also disheartened by the “terrible bump” Lady In Black had to deal with, and he said: “I didn’t think she could do it after that, but thankfully Sean kept his calm.  I think she’s a top filly. Thanks to (owners) Jack and Nancy Mitchell, it was good to have them on track today.”

Jack Mitchell thanked bloodstock consultant John Freeman for helping him to select Lady In Black, who was originally named “Grace Of Angel” when sold for R1,1-million at the BSA National Yearling Sale of 2016. She was bred by Willempie Engelbrecht, the second foal of Mystery Dame, by Jet Master and from the immediate family of Gr1 winner Talahatchie and the international performer Lizarre, a former Horse Of The Year in Singapore.

Photo by Candiese Marnewick.

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