Elusive Fort’s Poinsettia 1-2

Fayd'herbe steps into Domeyer's boots

Deputising for the Cape’s recent Hong Kong export Aldo Domeyer, Bernard Fayd’herbe teamed up with Candice Bass-Robinson for a SA Champions Season opening feature double on Friday evening at Greyville.

Bernard Fayd’herbe and Freedom Charter win the Poinsettia Stakes (Pic – Candiese Marnewick)

After Santa Clara’s impressive victory in the KRA Fillies Guineas, Fayd’herbe showed his great value as a thinking man’s jockey when he grabbed the advantage halfway down the straight on the 2018 Gr3 Champagne Stakes winner who ran on powerfully to win the Gr3 Poinsettia Stakes by 1.10 lengths in a time of 71,31 secs.

Glen Kotzen’s Elusive Heart made it a profitable race for winning breeder and part owner Peter de Beyer when she stayed on for second 0,30 lengths ahead of a flying Sugar Girl, who showed encouraging improvement.

Bred by Peter de Beyer, Freedom Charter is a daughter of Elusive Fort (Fort Wood) out of the once winning Captain Al mare, Betty Burke.

A R275 000 Cape Premier Yearling Sale purchase, Freedom Charter has won 4 races with 8 places from 20 starts for stakes of R577 225.

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Gr3 Poinsettia Stakes (SAf-Gr3)

Greyville, South Africa, May 3, R250k, 1200m, turf, good, 1.11.31

1 – FREEDOM CHARTER (SAF), 60.0, ch f 4, Elusive Fort (SAF) – Betty Burke (SAF) by Captain Al (SAF). Owner Messrs M F Bass, P G de Beyer, B Lemos & Wehann Smith; Breeder PG de Beyer; trainer C Bass-Robinson; jockey B Fayd’herbe
2 – Elusive Heart (SAF), 60.0, b f 4, Elusive Fort (SAF) – Redeem My Heart (SAF) by Indigo Magic (GB)
3 – Sugar Girl (SAF), 58.5, b f 4, Trippi (USA) – Ilha Grande (SAF) by Tiger Ridge (USA)
Margins: 1.10, 0.30, 0.75

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