TRAINER Justin Snaith has confirmed that three-year-old filly Snowdance (photo) will be pointed at the Gr1 Cape Fillies Guineas on 2 December at Kenilworth.
Snowdance (15-1), ridden by Bernard Fayd’Herbe, stormed up early from a wide draw to make the clip in Saturday’s Gr2 Cape Fillies Championship over 1400m at Kenilworth. She broke away with 300m left to run and her opposition was barely sighted as she swept clear to win by 4.25-lengths.
Speaking to Turf Talk on Sunday, Fayd’Herbe said: “From her wide draw I had planned to come across and set the pace, we really had no other option. I wanted her to be as handy as possible on the short run-in.
“The way the race was run probably played into our hands, but it doesn’t change the fact that Snowdance is above average. The second filly Magical Wonderland is a talent herself, she was unbeaten coming into the race and won the Kenilworth Nursery. This underlines the merit of the win. If we get to a race like the Guineas we’ll probably change tactics with the longer run-in, she can be versatile. I’d say she is Gr1 material.”
John Freeman of the Thoroughbred Group bid R2-million to secure Snowdance at the 2016 BSA National Yearling Sale. Bred by Cheveley Stud, she’s a daughter of Captain Al and Spring Lilac, from the great family of Rabiya, Secret Of Victoria, All Is Secret et al.
Snowdance races for Gaynor Rupert of Drakenstein Stud in partnership with Jack Mitchell.
Fayd’Herbe, meanwhile, also won Sunday’s Listed Algoa Cup aboard Brett Crawford’s Nebula.
Photo: Wayne Marks.