It was mission accomplished and black type on the board for the Justin Snaith-trained Silvano mare Konkola when she stormed to victory in the R150 000 Listed Jockey Club Stakes at Fairview on Friday.
The newly crowned SA Champion, Justin Snaith ran first and second, with the Cape raiders rounding off the trifecta with Joey Ramsden’s Fresnaye running third.
This was the first stakes feature of the new SA racing season.
“She’s already on the float to stud. That was very satisfying that we could get the paddock-boosting credit in the book for the owners. She’s a lovely well-bred mare and we look forward to following her,” said Snaith Racing spokesman Jono Snaith after the Dayton bred galloper had mowed down her opposition for an easy victory in the hands of the rampant Richard Fourie.
The official margin was 2,75 lengths and the winner clocked 125,62 secs for the 2000m.
Year younger stablemate Esteemal ran a smart race to maintain her consistent form with a second cheque. She will transfer to Tara Laing for the rest of the season and should pay to follow.
The 14-10 favourite Fresnaye plodded into third.
Local consistent soldier Beataboutthebush ran a rare poor race and finished close on 15 lengths downfield.
A R400 000 National Yearling Sale graduate, the winner was bred by Daytona Stud and is by super-sire Silvano (Lomitas) out of the four-time winner, Mkushi Gold (Western Winter).
She is a full-sister to recent Gr2 Gold Bracelet victress Miyabi Gold and a half to the well-performed Consolation July winner, Ultimate Dollar. The family all raced in the pink, green and white Jonsson silks.
The combinations of Gavin Smith / Muzi Yeni, Alan Greeff / Aldo Domeyer and Tara Laing / Chase Maujean all enjoyed doubles on the afternoon. Back from his holiday in the East, Bernard Fayd’herbe made a rare appearance in the Eastern Cape and picked up a personal double – one each for Jacques Strydom and Grant Paddock.