Phillipi trainer Brett Crawford has made a scintillating start to the KZN winter season and he sent another message of intent to his colleagues when saddling the top three home in the R150 000 Listed In Full Flight Handicap at Scottsville on Sunday.
The 3yo Bold Respect, winner of the inaugural Kuda Sprint, was having his first run in KZN and winless in over a year, he hacked up under regular pilot Corne Orffer after showing pace throughout the 1100m contest.
With the favourite Sir Frenchie slow out and never getting in a blow, Captain’s Girl showed her usual blistering toe, before capitulating late to the Crawford tidal wave.
Bold Respect, returning from a 13 week break following an unsuccessful effort in the Cape Flying Championship on Met day, signalled his readiness for action when winning by a half length in a time of 60,81 secs..
His fitter and better established stablemate Sunset Eyes (he has been at Summerveld for an extended period), going for his fifth consective win, came out of the pack to chase and banked the second cheque ahead of the consistent Black Cat Back.
The top two both race in the Delma Sherrell black and white silks – with Saturday’s Winter Guineas winning owner Chris Gerber a partner in the runner-up.
Vaughan Marshall’s Rock Of Africa rounded off the quartet to make it a clean sweep for the visitors.
Bold Respect was bred by Ascot Stud and is a son of July winner Bold Silvano out of the versatile three time winning Kabool mare, Respectable Lady – who was bred by Lance Sherrell’s Dad.
Bold Respect cost R200 000 at the CTS Lanzerac Ready To Run Sale and took his earnings to R1 342 500 with his third win with 5 places from 10 starts.