54,38 – A Speed Scandal!

Corne Spies' Muhtafal filly shatters SA record

The Fairview and South African 1000m record was broken for the second time this year when the Muhtafal filly Scandal bolted home in windless conditions to win the R100 000 Glendore Sprint on Friday.


Craig Zackey and Scandal shatter the 1000m record in the Glendore Sprint (Pic- Pauline Herman Photography)

The turf track record was shattered just ten months ago by Blizzard Belle, who set 54,55 secs.

But the major difference between the two marks – and no discredit to the Western Winter speed queen – is that she achieved it wind assisted, whereas Scandal romped home in relatively calm waters, with a half kilo less on her back.

The official conditions on Friday were tabled as a 27kph easterly tailwind.

The non black-type feature seven horse line-up included Cape Flying Championship hopeful Villa Del Largo and Gr1 winner Normanz.

Corne Spies

Corne Spies – cracking record with Scandal

The Corne Spies-trained Scandal was the only filly in the race and Craig Zackey had her relaxed down the inside two lengths off the pacesetters Thayer (who pecked at the start) and her stablemate, Fire Horse.

The in-form Zackey, who has quickly entrenched himself in the SA top 4, appeared to get his crop momentarily entangled in the reins at about the 300m. But he recovered quickly as Scandal moved ahead and went on to hold Normanz by 1,75 lengths in a recordbreaking 54,38 secs.

The favourite Villa Del Largo came on too late in the hands of just returned-from-injury Andrew Fortune, under a train-stopping weight.

A R375 000 National Yearling Sale purchase, Scandal has won 5 races on both surfaces with 6 places from 19 starts for stakes of R327 325.

Bred by Backworth Stud, she is designed to be quick – being a daughter of Summerhill’s ill-fated ‘General’, Muhtafal out of the two-time winning Jallad mare, Lewinsky’s Lover.

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