Grant van Niekerk can afford to look around as Call To Unite gallops clear today over 1800m (Picture (cropped): Wayne Marks)
The former Sean Tarry-trained Elusive Fort stalwart Siren’s Call looked to have the Wilgerbosdrift Triple Tiara in her grasp back in 2015 when fetching Pine Princess (Captain Al) and overtaking her in the closing stages of the Wilgerbosdrift SA Oaks. She had won the first two legs, the Gr 2 Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas and the Gr 1 Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic, and was fancied to complete the treble and claim the Tiara. The commentator even shouted, “We have a Triple Tiara winner!” … But then Pine Princess fought back and spoilt the party, winning by a head.
In an amazing quirk of fate today (Tuesday) at Hollywoodbets Durbanville the progeny of Siren’s Call and Pine Princess won two successive races respectively.
Siren’s Call, who was a homebed of Peter de Beyer’s, is now owned by champion breeders Drakenstein Stud and all three of her runners are winners.
Her first stakes winner was the Tarry-trained Trippi homebred sprinting filly Sound Of Warning, who won two Gr 3 sprints and had multiple Graded places including a Gr 1 runner up and a Gr 1 third place finish.
However, today it was her Justin Snaith-trained gelding son by Vercingetorix, Call To Unite, who had the wow factor over a trip of 1800m.
It might have just been a maiden but it was only his third career start and he jumped from a wide draw.
He led down the back straight before Protagonist took it up.
In the straight Call To Unite showed a good turn of foot considering he is a big horse.
He then drew away under Grant van Niekerk and could have won by a lot further than 3,25 lengths had he not been eased before the line.
He is owned by Nick Jonsson, who won last year’s Gr 1 Splashout Cape Derby and Gr 1 Daily News 2000 with See It Again and he looks to have another type who will be suited to those two events. Time will tell whether Call To Unite has the class to win either of those races, today gave hope and he is certainly going in the right direction.
Then in the next race the Glen Kotzen-trained Querari filly Passchendaele, who is a daughter of Pine Princess, won her maiden over the same course and distance and actually recorded a time 0,80 sec0nds quicker than Call To Unite.
She is already stakes placed having finisheed third to Beach Bomb in the Listed WSB Irridescence Stakes over 1500m in July. She won today by an easy 2,50 lenggths and also has classic pretensions considering she was a go0od fifth recently in the Cape Racing Sales Ready To Run Stakes over the probably too sharp 1400m.
Pince Princess has also produced the useful Gr 2 WSB Gauteng Guineas runner up Pyromaniac, ironically trained by Tarry.
Jonsson, owner of Siren’s Call’s son Call To Unite, scored a double on the day as he also owns the last race winner, the Snaith-trained Dynasty gelding Kingdom Of Heaven.
In between those two wins Jonsson had a favourite running on the Newcastle All Weather track in the U.K.
HIs William Haggas-trained Zoustar colt Mahato had won easily on debut over six furlongs at Windsor and was the 8/13 favourie to follow up today (Tuesday) over seven furlongs.
After a slow start he moved up, but at the furlong mark he hung to the right and weakened and was beaten 6,50 lengths into fourth place in the 12 horse Novice Stakes field. However, he was found by the veternarian to have sustained a wound to his right fore so he had his excuses and will hopefully bounce back.