The money came in buckets and was on the button as the Wilgerbosdrift bred Negroamaro slammed a quality field to win the R275 000 Gr3 Fillies Mile at Turffontein on Sansui Summer Cup day.
The beautiful grey daughter of Fort Wood caught part owner Joe Van Streepen’s eye when he shrewdly picked her out of the National Yearling Sale catalogue based on her pedigree.
Although on the small and immature side, the blood was the confidence booster and Van Streepen saw the star quality. And he should know something – he has been doing this for many decades!
Triumphant trainer Johan Janse Van Vuuren confirmed that the filly had shown unbelievable work since day one.
The lightly raced galloper was earmarked for this race four weeks earlier when finishing 5 lengths off the highly regarded Madame Dubois in the Starling Stakes.
Although beating Madame Dubois in her maiden start over 1400m against winners in June, she was crying out for further ground and jockey Weichong Marwing conceded that the Starling Stakes had been on the short side.
Marwing, who was in sparkling form on the big day, was over the moon after an emphatic victory.
“She is very capable and has plenty of ability. I am happy that she showcased what I have always known she had,” he said.
And Marwing showed his high regard and confidence in Negroamaro as he let her stride out front, before kicking away at the 300m to win unextended by 4,25 lengths in a time of 98,372 secs.
Sean Tarry’s Heaps Of Fun had no chance with the winner but maintained her consistent form by running on into second.
Stan Ferreira’s Juxtapose showed that her first two wins from two starts was no fluke as she gunned into third.
Mike De Kock’s Persian Rug was too far back early on, but stayed on into fourth and it is surely only a matter of time before she gets back to winning ways.
Negroamaro is now a winner of 2 of her four starts and her total stakes win to date is R239 875
In addition to the winning cheque she picked up the R87 500 BSA Value Added Bonus.
Bred by Wilgerbosdrift Stud, Negroamaro is a daughter of Fort Wood out of the three time winning Al Mufti mare, Touch Of Tuscan.
As mentioned, she was purchased for R400 000 at the National Yearling Sale and besides her broodmare potential in the medium term, looks set to go on and make her mark on the track.
Negroamaro races in the popular red, white and black Wernars’ silks – which almost celebrated a feature double when Noah From Goa pipped the exciting New Predator in the Gr2 Dingaans a half hour later.
Gr3 Fillies Mile (SAf-Gr3)
Turffontein, South Africa, November 28, R275k, 1600m, turf, good, 1.38.37
1 – NEGROAMARO (SAF), 59.0, gr f 3, Fort Wood (USA) – Touch Of Tuscan (SAF) by Al Mufti (USA). Owner Messrs J F & L M F Wernars & Mr J F van Streepen; Breeder Wilgerbosdrift; trainer JJ v Vuuren; jockey Wei Marwing
2 – Heaps Of Fun (SAF), 59.0, ch f 3, Visionaire (USA) – Dream Starling (SAF) by Northern Guest (USA)
3 – Juxtapose (SAF), 59.0, b f 3, Judpot (USA) – Sunsational (SAF) by Windrush (USA)
Margins: 4.25, 3.00, 0.25