JUSTIN Snaith and his patron Nic Jonsson have enjoyed a good start to the KZN Champions Season with wins by juveniles Somewhere In Time and Miss Florida, and Miyabi Gold put an early feature win on the board for them in Sunday’s Listed Scarlet Lady over 1750m at Scottsville.

A graded performer of some note, Miyabi Gold (Richard Fourie) was joined in the race by other accomplished fillies Sabina’s Dynasty and Folk Dance which made this a field of decent quality, and she proved her class by beating them both in the drive to the line.

Jockey Richard Fourie had given punters confidence before the race, saying that Miyabi Gold’s fitness level was about the same as when she won the Gr2 Golden Bracelet last season, and she confirmed his confidence running hard to hold off a late charge from Sabina’s Dynasty.

Snaith said that he had brought Miyabi Gold along early in the season and had done more work at home, and his pointing her at this small feature was the right thing to do considering stronger opposition that awaits.

That said, Miyabi Gold is a filly of good ability and Snaith said: “She ran well in the Majorca in the Paddock Stakes, she is at that level, and I told the punters on Tellytrack to watch her run in the Majorca, which would give them confidence.”

Miyabi Gold holds a Vodacom Durban July entry and Snaith commented: “The conditions suit horses with low weights. You never know, she can come in with the right weight. We’ll keep her going through her paces.”

Miyabi Gold is by Silvano from Mkushi Gold (Western Winter) and she’s a half-sister to 2015 Consolation July winner Ultimate Dollar. She’s won 4 races with 2 places from 10 starts and stakes of R563 750 for Jonsson and partner Ronnie Hamilton (Evastan Investments).