OUR Mate Art (AUS), who had played bridesmaid to African Night Sky in the Cape’s Winter Series with two seconds and a fourth, franked the form with an excellent win over Table Bay, Silicone Valley and Gold Standard in a strong renewal of the Gr3 Matchem Stakes over 1400m at Durbanville on Saturday.
He’s a versatile customer, having earned stakes from 1200m up to 2400m in just 10 three-year-old runs, but his previous win, and Saturday’s feature success over the extended sprint will probably serve as a guide to trainer Candice Bass-Robinson going forward.
Our Mate Art has plenty of place, a nice loping action and a good finishing effort and if one looks at the quality of runners behind him, he is going to be a player to contend with in forthcoming Cape features and next year’s Champion Season in Kwazulu-Natal.
One can argue that both Table Bay and Gold Standard needed their runs and that would be true, but the third horse, the older Silicone Valley, had the benefit of two recent runs. He brought competitive Gr1 Queens Plate and Gr2 Mercury Sprint form into the race which underlines the merit of Our Mate Art’s win.
Bred by Grandlodge Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd, Vic and Ken Bee Sports Pty Ltd. from the top El Prado miler Artie Schiller (USA), Our Mate Art was imported for owners Mike Bass, Bryn Ressell and Marsh Shirtliff.
Headline photo: The Bass family after the Mathem Stakes with Mark Bass holding the Matchem Stakes trophy at the back, trainer Candice Bass-Robinson in the middle and Carol Bass inside right. (Wayne Marks).