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Richard Fourie kisses the SA Fillies Sprint trophy (Picture: Chase Liebenberg).


Maine Chance Farms-bred Flower Alley mare Princess Calla was one of a vintage crop of fillies, but few would have thought she would one day make her name as a sprinter.

She might also be the best female miler in the country too at present, but her sprinting record this season reached a new level as she waltzed home in the Gr 1 SA Fillies Sprint over 1200m at Scottsville on Saturday under Richard Fourie, winning easing up by 3,20 lengths.

She has won three Grade 2s over sprints this season and one Gr 1.

Since joining Sean Tarry her only defeats in  six starts have been in two Gr 1 wfa sprints over 1000m, the Pongracz Cape Flying Championship and the Jonsson Workwear Computaform Sprint.

She will likely face Saturday’s SA Fillies Sprint runner up Desert Miracle in the Gr 1 Ridgemont Garden Province Stakes over 1600m on Hollywoodbets Durban July day.

She might then bid for the Equus Champion Sprinter award by taking on the other two contenders, Gimme A Prince and Isivunguvungu, in the Gr 1 wfa Mercury Sprint over 1200m on Gold Cup day. She will have a chance of exacting revenge on them over the more suitable 1200m trip.