At one time the highest rated 3yo in the country, Paul Peter’s Sarah (119) has dropped behind the boys on the official tables – including Cape Guineas winner Kilindini and smart Dingaans victor Shango, these days.
The Hyperpaint Syndicate raced daughter of What A Winter looked difficult to oppose in Saturday’s R150 000 Listed Swallow Stakes at Turffontein and duly put the cherry on top of a three-timer for trainer Paul Peter.
Despite her elevated status, this was the talented Sarah’s (8-10) first stakes success and she was untroubled after she got the better of reluctant pacemaker Gin Fizz (9-2) to win by a facile 3,10 lengths in a time of 67,14 secs for the Turffontein standside 1160m.
Bred by Peter de Beyer, Sarah was a gift at just R80 000 to the bid of the astute Paul Peter at the 2018 CTS April Yearling Sale.
She took her stakes earnings on Saturday to R493 625 at her sixth victory with four places from her ten starts.
De Beyer raced her rather modest, but well related, one-time winning dam Sylvie, a daughter of Dupont, who traces back to the accomplished family of past SA Horse Of The Year Winter Solstice – coincidentally dual winner of the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate for that power pair of the time of Joey Ramsden and Glen Hatt in 2005 and 2006. How time flies!
SA log-leader Warren Kennedy rode two of the three Peter winners and looks a difficult man to peg back in the quest for the champion jockey title this term.