Distant Winter on her way to victory in the Grade 3 Winter Nursery under Grant van Niekerk (Picture; Wayne Marks).
Bass-Robinson Roll Continues With Nursery Win
Candice Bass-Robinson had a fine day at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday when landing two Grade 2 victories and today she won the Grade 3 Winter Nursery over 1100m at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth with the What A Winter A Winter filly Distant Winter who was ridden by Grant van Niekerk.
Sean Tarry Has Had Most Stakes Wins This Season
Candice Bass-Robinson scored her 14th stakes win of the season today when landing the Grade 3 Winter Nursery and joined Justin Snaith on that mark.
Kevin Sommerville, racing manager of Drakenstein Stud, accepts another trophy at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth today (Picture: Wayne Marks).
Drakenstein On Cusp Of Breaking Individual Stakes Winners Record
Today’s Grade 3 Winter Nursery saw a 16th individual stakes winner this season for Drakenstein Stud.
Last season they set a new South African record with a return of 18 individual stakes winners.
Last season the 18 stakes winners won 25 stakes races between them and this season the 16 have won 24.
Furthermore, Drakenstein are leading the Breeders Championship, albeit by just a narrow margin of close to R500,000 from incumbent champions Wilgerbosdrift and Mauritzfontein.
Drakesnstein’s individual stakes winners this season are Trip Of Fortune, Charles Dickens, Jet Dark, See It Again, Rain In Holland, Santa Maria, Winter Cloud, Somerset Maughan, Sheela, Grazinginthegrass, Pacaya, Bureau Des Legendes, Gold Poker Game, Dawnofanewday, Future Pearl and Distant Winter.
The WSB Guineas had the field of a Grade 1 event on Saturday (Candiese Lenferna Photography).
Grade 1 Status Should Be Aim For WSB Guineas
The Grade 2 WSB Guineas felt like a true Grade 1 South African Guineas, which used to be its name, on Saturday with the best three-year-olds from around the country clashing.
However, a race has to surpass the standard of a Grade 2 for three consecutive years before it can be considered by the pattern committee for an upgrade.
4Racing have helped the cause by staging their Autumn season, which includes the WSB SA Triple Crown trio of races, earlier in the season.
Using 2017 and 2018 as examples the Grade 1 SA Classic was held on April 1 and April 7 respectively and the SA Derby was held on May 6 and May 5 respectively.
The WSB Guineas in those years was held on May 7 and My 4 respectively, so there was a clash with the Derby and the Classic runners did not have an ideal amount of time to freshen up.
This year the WSB SA Classic was run on March 6 and the SA Derby on April 1 while the WSB Guineas was on May 6.
That gave the SA Classic runners time to freshen up and tackle a new duo of classics, i.e. the WSB Guineas and Grade 1 Daily News 2000.
The SA Guineas was first run in 1947 and maintained Grade 1 status, whether retrospective or proper, until being changed to a Grade 2 in 2005.
Considering the quality of breeding in SA at present and the accommodating program there is no reason the WSB Guineas can not maintain the standard it achieved this year.
Charles Dickens joined a number of other greats as a winner of this race.
A clash between him and the 2012 winner Variety Club would have been something to behold. The latter had phenomenal gatespeed and that coupled with a good racing temperament enabled him to dictate. His exhilirating turn of foot meant he would only have been able to be overtaken by a horse with as phenomenal a turn of foot as Charles Dickens’.
Do It Again (2018), Legislate (2014) and Vercingetorix (2013) are other good winners from last decade and the previous decade included winners like Big City Life (2009), Dynasty (2003) and Celtic Grove (2001).
Others greats to have won the race are Empress Club (1992), Illustrador (1990), Royal Chalice (1988), Prince Florimund (1982), Politician (1977), Archangel (1975), Sabre (1973), Sentinel (1972), Mazarin (1971), Home Guard (1969), Hawaii (1968), Sea Cottage (1966) and William Penn (1965).
Three Parts Sister To Trip Of Fortune Runs At Vaal On Thursday
The third race at the Vaal Classic track on Thursday May 11, a Maiden Juvenile Plate for fillies, sees the Sean Tarry-trained first-timer by Trippi called French Duchess making her debut.
This Drakenstein Stud homebred is out of an unraced Duke Of Marmalade mare who is a half-sister to Trip Of Fortune, so as the latter is also by Trippi this filly is a three parts sister to Trip Of Fortune.
The filly does not face a strong field in the 1000m event.
However, she is only the 6/1 fourth favourite with Hollywoodbets.
The favourite is also a first-timer. The Mike de Kock-trained Woman Of Power has the eyecatching booking of Keagan de Melo and this Vercingetorix filly out of a Fort Wood mare is a half-sister to Tuk Tuk, who won four times although three of the wins were at Fairview.
The At The Races Tipster has selected Laetitia’s Angel to win the last race (JC Photos).
Vaal Classic Track Thursday May 11 Formguides And Selections
1 12H25 – 4racing Welcomes You Work Riders Maiden Plate (F & M)
Watch out for: POWER RANGER (11)
The Des McLachlan-trained World’s Best (Ideal World) gives Morne Winnaar his double today (Picture: Wayne Marks).
Van Niekerk, Winnaar and Bass-Robinson Doubles
Grant van Niekerk, Morne Winnaar and Candice Bass-Robinson all had doubles at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth today.
Van Niekerk goes to 35 wins for the season at a strike rate of 12.82%.
Winnaar has had 4 13 wins this season at 15.38%.
Bass-Robinson has had 63 wins at 12.48%
The picture gives a clue to the answer (Candiese Lenferna Photography).
Which SA Fillies Guineas (WSB Fillies Guineas) winner this century has produced a SA Guineas (WSB Guineas) winner?