HAVING finished well beaten on two short-priced Dennis Drier-trained runners in the two-year-old features on Tsogo Sun Sprint Day at Scottsville, jockey Sean Veale felt he was “under pressure” coming into the Gr1 SA Fillies Sprint over 1200m, riding Sommerlied.

But the earlier Drier runners may have been priced up falsely in wide open juvenile races considering Drier’s great historical record on this day, and the veteran trainer delivered, as expected, with proven form filly Sommerlied (12-1).  She kept up her high cruising speed and won a terrific race from Magical Wonderland and Neptune’s Rain.

This was a true “cherry-on-top” performance for Sommerlied, a cracking bay filly Drier had taken to Cape Town twice for wins followed by disappointing runs, the only two outings that blotted her otherwise excellent copybook.

“She pinged the gates today, I knew she’d see out the 1200m and I rode her with a lot of confidence,” Veale said.

“Two years in a row she won her first Cape start before tapering off,” said Drier, who’d delivered her in good form for a post-Cape, course-and-distance prep in the Gr3 Poinsettia Stakes four weeks ago and gave her his master’s touch for this, her first Gr1 success.

“Thanks to Andreas Jacobs and Maine Chance for entrusting me with a filly of this calibre, it’s an important Gr1 win for their farm. Thanks also to my team, they know who they are, for their hard work at home.”

Sommerlied is 7 from 11, and she’s earned a fraction under one million bucks for Jacobs and his wife Natalie. She’s a daughter of the evergreen VAR and Sommermarchen, a well-related German import by Pentire.

Photo by Candiese Marnewick.