Snowdance winning the Gr 1 Cape Fillies Guineas in 2017 (Picture: sahorseracing.com)
The Justin Snaith-trained Drakenstein Stud-homebred Snow Pilot ran a fine 1,75 length second to Questioning in the Gr 3 Cape Classic over 1400m at Hollywoodbets Durbanville on Sunday, especially considering it was his seasonal reappearance.
Jonathan Snaith said about the big Lancaster Bomber colt, “It was very much a prep for the Cape Summer. He will be aimed at the Hollywoodbets Cape Guineas. He’ll improve a couple of lengths on that run as he was heavy going into the race and blowing considerably after.”
Both the winner and runner up of the Cape Classic were out of mares by Captain Al, the former national Champion Sire who has been national Champion Damsire for the last two seasons.
However, Snow Pilot must be considered to have the more illustrious pedigree of the pair because his dam Snowdance emulated her Cape Guineas-winning sire by winning the Cape Fillies Guineas.
Jonathan recalled, “Snowdance romped home in the fillies Guineas – she had a huge stride and was very imposing. She was extremely athletic and that’s why you’re already seeing her offspring do incredibly well. She’s going to be an exceptional broodmare, no doubt.”
Snowdance achieved a prestigious hattrick in the Cape Summer of her three-year-old season, winning the Gr 2 Western Cape Fillies Championship over 1400m, the Gr 1 Cape Fillies Guineas (beating the season’s Equus Horse Of The Year Oh Susanna by 3,25 lengths) and the Gr 1 Majorca Stakes over 1600m.
She was destined to only win one more race, but Snow Pilot is her first foal at stud and looks to be a top quality horse in the making.