Milnerton trainer Joey Ramsden may well be looking forward to many servings of crispy duck after he produced first and third in his opening attack this season on the 2yo programme.
Earlier last week, Ramsden had told the Sporting Post that he was more nervous when sending out his first 2yo runners than saddling a Gr1 odds-on favourite, as it often determined the fortunes of his business for the next season – and even beyond that!
In an article carried as the lead in the SP Digest 2529, Ramsden said:
“I’m more nervous when running my first 2yo’s of the season than saddling the odds-on favourite for the Queen’s Plate! You know in 70 odd seconds if it’s going to be all duck or no dinner for the next 12 months – or worse!”
The man who has trained nine Langerman winners this century, has a terrific record with the juveniles and he may well be looking to having some fun on Sun Met day – beyond Twist Of Fate and the talented Fresnaye – with his Var filly Ibra running a nice third after showing speed and making a respiratory noise in running.
But it was the Patricia Devine Investments bred Double Alliance, a R150 000 Cape Premier Yearling Sale graduate, who romped home to win on debut on Saturday.
With his fairer sex stablemate Ibra starting at 16-10, Double Alliance was easy to back at double digit odds and the colt flew up late under Donovan Dillon to beat the late the finishing Ground Control by a length in a time of 58,67 secs.
He is a son of the form sire of the moment Twice Over (Observatory) out of the Centenary mare Imperial Gem, who won three races from 1300m to 1400m.
The field for the Tattersalls Listed Summer Juvenile Stakes will be declared at 11h00 on Monday 14 January 2019:
|0||$#Emerald Band||(2G)||58||0||A||Dean Kannemeyer|
|17||#Fearless Warrior||(2C)||58||0||A||Vaughan Marshall|
|0||$#Wild Move||(2C)||58||0||A||Gavin Smith|
|10||#Chilly Winter||(2F)||55.5||0||A||Paul Reeves|
|7||#Miss Honey||(2F)||55.5||0||A||Candice Bass-Robinson|
|21||#Vandah’s Spirit||(2F)||55.5||0||A||Candice Bass-Robinson|
|22||*General Franco||Accepted||(2C)||55||0||A||Justin Snaith|
|20||#Ground Control||(2C)||55||0||A||Vaughan Marshall|
|3||#Linden Rock||(2C)||55||0||a||Tobie Spies|
|18||#Mister Vargus||Scratched||(2C)||55||0||A||Justin Snaith|
|13||#Path Of Choice||(2C)||55||0||A||Vaughan Marshall|
|1||*Rio Querari||(2C)||55||0||A||Justin Snaith|
|23||#Warrior Tiger||(2G)||55||0||A||Piet Botha|
|16||#Commanding Queen||(2F)||52.5||0||A||Glen Kotzen|
|0||$#Cyber Blossom||Accepted||(2F)||52.5||0||A||Justin Snaith|
|4||*Ferrari Red||Scratched||(2F)||52.5||0||A||Justin Snaith|
|9||#Law And Order||(2F)||52.5||0||A||Tobie Spies|
|0||$#Masaaqaat (NZ)||(2F)||52.5||0||A||Mike de Kock|
|8||#Mon Cherie||(2F)||52.5||0||A||Patrick Kruyer|
|0||$*Somewhere In Time||(2F)||52.5||0||A||Justin Snaith|
|11||*Travelling Light||(2F)||52.5||0||A||Glen Kotzen|