Trainer Geoff Woodruff and jockey Robbie Fradd opened the Vaal Emerald Cup day feature programme when the Australian bred Arcetri Pink skipped clear to win the R125 000 Sophomore Fillies 1000 in good style after a two month break.
The astute Woodruff confirmed prior to the race that his charge had been kept off the grass as the surface was in ‘poor condition.’ He thus felt that this run would present an ideal opportunity to give her a good blowout, and serve as a prep for the R3 million Emperor’s Palace Ready To Run Cup, which is run at Turffontein on 2 November 2013.
Things certainly went according to plan.
Fradd had Arcetri Pink a length off as Crown Bearer down her inside, and She’s A Tiger showed the way down the outside.
Arcetri Pink came forward at the 300m marker and stayed on well to win by 2,25 lengths in a time of 59,76 secs.
Glenshee ran on well without threatening, to finish second, with Winter Darling staying on for third.
The maiden Crown Bearer showed good pace down the inside, to stay on for fourth.
Her stable companion Not Sulking never showed, while Louis Goosen’s debut winner She’s A Tiger showed pace, but was slightly slow away and was never going like a winner.
This was Arcetri Pink’s third win from six starts for one place and R273 750 in prize money.
Arcetri Pink was bred in Australia by Hill Holme Lodge and is by Rock Of Gibraltar out of the Galileo mare Arcetri.
She cost Aus$ 45 000, which in today’s rand terms equates to just over R400 000