Fire Away Filly Spooks Them

TAB Listed Spook Express Stakes

The Ascot Stud-bred Fire Away filly Explosive Bond made her stakes debut a winning one when she powered home under her galloping weight to win the R200 000 Listed Spook Express Stakes at Turffontein on Sunday.

Explosive Bond wins easily (Pic – JC Photos)

Coming in off an eyecatching 5,25 length victory at her last start, the progressive young stayer stalked her pacesetting stable companion Special Charm for much of the 2400m trip before stepping on the gas at the 350m as she made her older rivals carry their weight.

The Paul Matchett charge never looked in danger of defeat and stayed on well at 10-1 to beat Bonete (9-2) by 1,50 lengths in a time of 155,47 secs.

The runner-up’s stablemate Red Maple (6-1) made good ground from some way off, but was well beaten a further 3,25 lengths away in third, with the Matchett team rounding off the quartet as Special Charm (25-1) weakened late into fourth.

The winner was purchased for what now looks to be a bargain R50 000 by Vermaak Equine off the 2022 BSA KZN Yearling.

Bred by Ascot Stud, she is by War Front stallion Fire Away out of the one-time winning Trippi mare, Liwa.

Raced by Jace Chetty, Yagan Nair and Trevelen Pillay, Explosive Bond has won 3 races with 5 places from 13 starts for stakes of R262 313.

With further improvement, she looks potential SA Oaks material on this performance.

Enjoy the replay…

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