Miyabi Gold wins Listed East Coast Cup

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Silvano’s talented daughter Miyabi Gold proved there’s no substitute for class when she raced to a scintillating victory in the Listed East Coast Cup at Greyville.

Stepping out for the first time since finishing just out of the frame in the February 1 Gr.1 Majorca Stakes, Justin Snaith’s class act was let loose by Anton Marcus in the straight and sealed victory in a matter of strides as she powered home to win with the minimum of fuss. It was just reward for the mare, as she had finished a close-up third in this 2000m race twelve months ago when beaten a half-length and a shorthead.

This sixth career victory came at the same venue where she had opened her stakes account as a three-year-old in the Gr.2 Golden Bracelet. Since then, she has performed with credit in stakes company, winning the Listed race, The Scarlet Lady, finishing runner-up in the last two renewals of the Gr.3 Victress Stakes and fourth in the Gr.1 Cartier Paddock Stakes.

Success here significantly boosted her prospects for a second crack at the Gr.1 Vodacom Durban July, following an excellent fifth in last year’s race where she finished just two lengths behind Horse of the Year, Do It Again.

The victory was a poignant one as well, for she is raced in partnership by Do It Again’s owner Nic Jonson and her breeder Robin Hamilton, who sadly passed away in late April.

Daytona-bred Miyabi Gold is an own sister to Listed Jockey Club Stakes victress Konkola. They are out of the stakes-placed Western Winter mare Mkushi Gold.