A stakes double put the seal on a memorable weekend for Maine Chance, which saw a quartet of fillies score in the stud’s silks.
Homebred Girl On The Run set the ball rolling under the Turffontein lights when she trumped her male rivals in a thrilling finish to the Gr.3 Victory Moon Stakes. The daughter of Silvano looked beaten when Coral Fever put his head in front at 100 m out, but she responded well to Donavan Mansour‘s urgings and rallied tenaciously to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
After her success in the Gr.3 Yellowwood Handicap, last season, it is fitting that her second graded stakes win came in a race named in honour of our erstwhile stallion Victory Moon, who tragically died after just four seasons at stud. Trained by Johan Janse van Vuuren, Girl On the Run is a half-sister to Wolf Power 1600 winner Sabadell, by Var.
Barely 48 hours later, our fleet-footed Var filly, Sommerlied, capped the big race double with a first stakes victory in a fiercely contested Laisserfaire Stakes. Making her Western Cape debut, the Dennis Drier-trained four-year-old powered up the Kenilworth straight and closed with a big rush under jockey Sean Veale to land this Listed event. Beaten just once in six starts, the progressive bay filly first caught the eye when heading Gr.3 winner Sergeant Hardy in the lucrative Durban Dash at Greyville. She is out of German-bred Sommermärchen (Pentire), and a half-sister to four stakes performers.
Rounding out the quartet of success, our progressive Dynasty three-year-old Flying Fable notched up her second victory from just four starts when successful over the Vaal mile. Champion Princess Victoria’s first foal, Silvano homebred Princess Vicky, added to the thrill, by cracking her maiden race at Kenilworth.