TWIST Of Fate (17-4 favourite) paid an early compliment to his three-year-old counterpart Soqrat when he drew away smartly to win the Gr3 BMW Politician Stakes over 1800m at Kenilworth on L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate day.
Soqrat, the Queen’s Plate runner, had beaten Twist Of Fate in the Gr1 Cape Guineas and to see the form franked so well would have given his connections a measure of confidence, even against older horses.
That, however, is a case to be settled later.
There was some doubt whether Twist Of Fate would see out his first attempt over 1800m, but it proved to be a walk in the park in an all-class performance.
Bernard Fayd’Herbe, on Twist Of Fate, had to keep the loose horse Bunker Hunt (dropped rider at the start), in his sights. Bunker Hunt ran around a bit causing some interference to the pace-setters, but Fayd’Herbe passage was clear when his mount started a forward move with 400m to run. They finished strongly to win going away.
“We gave Twist Of Fate a good chance today. He has another big race coming up so we were debating whether to run him or not, but he was so well we decided to race. He won well, he’s a class horse and his form showed it,” said Fayd’Herbe.
“Twist Of Fate is a super horse with super owners,” said trainer Joey Ramsden. The colt, by Master Of My Fate from Crescent Light, by Counter Action, was a R20,000 purchase from the CTS March Yearling Sale. Bred by Favour Stud, he has earned in excess of R900,000 for the River Palace Syndicate.