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Captain’s Ransom Kidnaps Mercury Trophy

All's well that ends well after testing week


Captain’s Ransom (Richard Fourie) charges clear of William Roberston (Smanga Khumalo) to win her sixth Gr1 (Pic – Candiese Lenferna)

Having her first start against the males after a week of will-she-won’t-she, Snaith champion Captain’s Ransom inched a stride closer to the SA Horse Of The Year title with a breathtaking last gasp victory in Saturday’s R1 million Gr1 Mercury Sprint to lay her much debated Hollywoodbets Greyville ghost to rest.

It’s now well documented what happened to Captain’s Ransom on Hollywoodbets Durban July day and her subsequent below-par effort in the Brentford FC Gr1 Garden Province Stakes. But all’s well that ends well as Justin Snaith and his team produced the goods with the magic filly.

With William Robertson and Big Burn looking to fill the exacta, Captain’s Ransom (2-1) exploded down the centre under a left-handed Richard Fourie to register her sixth Gr1 victory.

Richard Fourie, who was registering his 8th Gr1 success of the term, got the flying filly home by just under a half length in a time of 69,53 secs.

William Robertson (7-1) ran another honest race to grab second ahead of the top class 3yo filly Big Burn (14-1).

With 12 wins and 2 places from 15 starts for stakes of R3 031 000, the Moutonshoek-bred Captain’s Ransom cost R225 000 at the 2019 National Yearling Sale.

A daughter of deceased champion sire Captain Al (Al Mufti), she is out of the unraced Red Ransom mare Cinna’s Ransom. The latter, dam of multiple winners in Britain, is a half-sister to Gr3 Prix de Saint-Georges winner Black Rock Desert and multiple Japanese stakes winner Toyo Seattle.

Cinna’s Ransom’s own dam, the Plankton Stakes winner, City Dance is a full-sister to multiple Gr1 winner, and successful sire, Slew City Slew.

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6 comments on “Captain’s Ransom Kidnaps Mercury Trophy

  1. B steele says:

    Not bad tipping by you today. 5 outright winners ,!!Can’t believe C. R offered at 3/1 .One of the best the owners will ever have ,well done to them.

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  2. Editor says:

    The Stipes reported:
    RACE 6 Ref : 940 MERCURY SPRINT (Grade 1) : R1 000 000 : About 1200m

    Starter : M Shaw Loading Time : 1:45sec No. of Runners : 14

    Carded Time: 15:30:00
    Rescheduled Time: –
    Off Time: 15:31:43
    Provisional Result: 15:35:19
    All Clear: 15:41:12

    a) SUPREME QUEST (M V’Rensburg) lost two lengths.
    b) ALESIAN CHIEF (M Yeni) was restless in the stalls.

    a) VAL D’ORCIA (K de Melo) took an awkward stride at the 800m and thereafter Jockey K de Melo reported that he felt something amiss with this gelding and as a result eased his mount out of the race. As a consequence, SMORGASBORD (C Habib) and SUPREME QUEST (M V’Rensburg) had to take evasive action to avoid running onto the heels of VAL D’ORCIA (K de Melo).
    b) Jockey R Fourie signed an admission of guilt for a contravention of Rule 58.10.2, read in conjunction with Guideline M, in that he misused his crop by striking the horse CAPTAIN’S RANSOM more than 12 times in the entire race. When determining the penalty, the Stewards considered that this was Jockey R Fourie’s 12th transgression of Rule 58.10.2 (Guideline M) since 1 August 2021 and his 6th offence inside the preceding 60 day period. Accordingly, a penalty of a fine of R20 000 and a suspension from riding in races for a period of 7 days were imposed. (Suspension Dates : 08.08.22 – 14.08.22, bdi)
    c) CAPTAIN’S RANSOM (R Fourie), the winner, was selected for the taking of specimens for analysis. Trainer J S Snaith advised (RVR).
    d) WILLIAM ROBERTSON (S Khumalo), placed second, was selected for the taking of specimens for analysis. Trainer C Spies advised (RVR).
    e) BIG BURN (W Kennedy), placed third, was selected for the taking of specimens for analysis. Trainer P A Peter advised (ML).
    a) WILLIAM ROBERTSON raced with a compression mask.
    b) SUPREME QUEST raced with a compression mask.
    c) BOHICA raced without blinkers (advised 26.07.22/13h19).

    a) Nil.

    a) VAL D’ORCIA : Nothing obvious detected.
    b) CHIMICHURI RUN : Coughing and speedy cut right hind.

    a) ULTRA MAGNUS : Reserve runner.
    b) EDEN ROC : Reserve runner.
    c) KAYLA’S CHAMP : Reserve runner.

    a) None

    No. Horse Jockey Trainer Distance Betting
    1st 3 CAPTAIN’S RANSOM R Fourie J S Snaith —- 18/10
    2nd 10 WILLIAM ROBERTSON S Khumalo C Spies 0.40 0.40 25/2
    3rd 2 BIG BURN W Kennedy P A Peter 0.90 1.30 7/1
    4th 14 GALLIC PRINCESS L Mxothwa C Dawson 1.30 2.60 100/1
    5th 7 GOOD TRAVELLER G van Niekerk G S Kotzen 0.05 2.65 6/1
    Time of Race : 69.53s
    Tote Favourite:
    Distance : – Betting : 18/10

  3. Colin Samsodien says:

    Captains Ransom should be the “Horse of the Year” after yesterday’s performance.
    Beaten all the best fillies from 1200m to 1800m. Yesterday beaten the best sprinters (male and female) over 1200m.
    A true “Champion”.

  4. Geoff Logan says:

    I see Richard Fourie has a 7 day suspension for this transgression and a 10 day suspension for the same transgression on Jet Dark.
    Does that mean he has a total of 17 days suspension plus the two big fines?
    Quite hectic!!!.
    If he is going to have a go at the Jockeys title this season it means he will miss quite a few meetings in 17 days.
    Anyway congrats to him on achieving 200 winners for the season just ended, plus winning 9 Group One races.
    Can anyone confirm if the 9 Group One winners in a racing season is a record? Apparently Jeff Lloyd rode 7 in a season.
    I am not referring to a calendar year but a beginning of August to end of July season.

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