Paul Matchett’s speedy Basadi Faith booked her Allan Robertson Championship berth at Scottsville later this month when she kept her perfect record intact when winning the R400 000 Gr2 SA Fillies Nursery at Turffontein on Saturday.
While she stepped up a notch on Champions Day and didn’t have things as easy as she did in the Ruffian Stakes, the smart filly showed resolution and a dash too much speed when registering her biggest victory to date.
Devin Habib, who has been in the saddle at all her four victories, once again showed that he has plenty of ability and confidence when given the opportunities.
The young rider was unflustered in his handling of his favourite filly and produced a polished performance as Basadi Faith galloped on relentlessly to make it four wins from four starts, going on powerfully to beat the improved again Cavivar by 66,98 secs.
The previously unbeaten True To Life was 3,70 lengths back in third with the disappointing Gin Fizz running fourth.
Another good winner bred by Favour Stud, Basadi Faith was the second leg of a weekend feature double for Varsfontein stallion Master Of My Fate.
A bargain R45 000 Cape April Yearling Sale graduate, the very smart 2yo took her earnings to R475 000 and looks to have a very bright future.
Gr2 SA Fillies Nursery (SAf-Gr2)
Turffontein, South Africa, May 4, R400k, 1160m, turf, good, 1.06.98
1 – BASADI FAITH (SAF), 60.0, b f 2, Master Of My Fate (SAF) – Coral Colour (SAF) by Captain Al (SAF). Owner Mr J Abreu & Miss J Van Der Merwe; Breeder Favour Stud; trainer PF Matchett; jockey D L Habib
2 – Cavivar (SAF), 60.0, ch f 2, Var (USA) – Control Freak (SAF) by Tamburlaine (IRE)
3 – True To Life (SAF), 60.0, b f 2, Duke Of Marmalade (IRE) – Mina Salaam (USA) by Medaglia D’oro (USA)
Margins: 0.30, 3.70, 0.25