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October Morn’s blistering turn of foot carried her to victory in Saturday’s Gr 2 Cartier Sceptre Stakes over 1200m under Raymond Danielson (Image: Wayne Marks)

Turf Talk

The Candice Bass-Robinson-trained Trippi filly October Morn, who won the Gr 2 Cartier Sceptre Stakes over 1200m under Raymond Danielson on Saturday, will be targeted at the Gr 1 SA Fillies Sprint at Hollywoodbets Scottsville in the Champions Season.

The David Abery-owned mare was bred by Avontuur Stud and is out of the 1000m specialist Miss October (Var).

However, Bass-Robinson felt the Gr 1 Cape Flying Championship would be a bridge to far for the three-year-old at this stage.

October Morn has not had much luck recently and on Saturday it looked like there would be a repeat because Danielson found himself stuck behind a wall of horses towards the inside.

However, being pushed by another horse fortuitously helped him because she was pushed towards a gap.

She wasted no time in pouncing for the narrow gap and was soon sweeping past horses, having displayed a fine turn of foot.

Danielson had to keep her going with some smacks in the final stages because she looked to idle after hitting the front.

However, she held on by a comfortable 0,30 lengths from the Gareth van Zyl-trained Hollywood Syndicate-owned four-year-old What A Winter filly Asiye Phambile, who was coming off three successive 1600m victories for Duncan Howells in KZN.

Kwinta’s Light, Shantastic and Winter cloud were beaten 1,55 lengths, 1,65 and 1,70 lengths in to third, fourth and fifth places respectively.

Golden Hostess was sixth and the favourite Mrs Geriatrix’s disappointing Cape campaign continued as she could only manage seventh place, beaten 2,05 lengths, although she did carry a 2kg Gr 1 penalty and was not well away.

The victory was rewarding for David Abery, because he has also been involved in the mare Miss October.