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Team Tara’s Flower Power!

1-2 for Flower Alley

Eastern Cape stalwart Tara Laing and jockey Ryan Munger got the 2022/23 season off to a terrific start at Fairview on Friday when the super-consistent Flower Alley mare Integrity went all the way in a gutsy performance to win the R150 000 Listed East Cape Paddock Stakes.

Taking on two hardknockers in fellow Flower Alley daughter Santa Therese, and the high quality Cape raider Rain In Newmarket, Integrity scored a deserved stakes credit when she kept on resolutely under a magnificently judged Munger rider to score the upset at 12-1.

Ryan Munger brings Integrity home after leading all the way (Pic – Pauline Herman Photography)

Riding a clever race, Ryan Munger cheekily played them on the break and got his mount to find more when it counted, as Integrity kept galloping to hold off Santa Therese (14-10) by 1,25 lengths in a time of 100,34 secs.

The 18-10 Rain In Newmarket ranged up dangerously under Piere Strydom, but had no answers and had to be content with third, a further 0,75 lengths back.

Raced by Tara Laing Racing supporter Mr R Bundhun, the winner was bred by Maine Chance Farms and made it an exacta clean sweep for Mauritzfontein’s Distorted Humor stallion, Flower Alley. The latter sired a winning double at the Vaal 24 hours in a good start to the season. The Gr1 Travers Stakes winning sire enjoyed a wonderful season in 2021-2022, with his flagbearers headed by Gr1 HSH Princess Charlene Empress Club Stakes winner Princess Calla, and fellow graded stakes winners Bold Fortune, Firealley and Maharanee.

The winner is out of the versatile six-time winner Illumiere (Giant’s Causeway) and cost R600 000 on the Cape Premier Yearling Sale. She has won 7 races with 9 places from 20 starts for stakes of R482 525.

The Gr1 Travers Stakes winning sire had a wonderful season in 2021-2022, with his flagbearers headed by Gr1 HSH Princess Charlene Empress Club Stakes winner Princess Calla, and fellow graded stakes winners Bold Fortune, Firealley and Maharanee.

Flower Alley has 11 lots on offer at the upcoming August Two Year Old Sale.

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1 comment on “Team Tara’s Flower Power!

  1. Editor says:

    The Stipes reported:
    RACE 6 : REF 14 – EAST CAPE PADDOCK STAKES (Listed) : TURF 1600M
    Starter: Mr D Kempthorne Loading time: 1 min 40 sec Runners: 13

    Carded time: 14h30
    Rescheduled time: —
    Off time: 14h30.52
    Provisional result: 14h33.32
    All Clear: 14h38.59

    THE STARTER REPORTED:

    a) MAGICAL JAVA (W Agrella) was nervous in the stalls.
    b) CELTIC NIGHT (L Mxothwa) kicked the back gates.
    c) CALANDRA (X Ndlovu) jumped slow, losing two lengths.
    d) PRINCESS KALISI (Y Ramzan) and MISS ORANGE (K Minnie) were slow into stride.
    e) GOLIGHTLY (S Khathi) and GOLDEN DAH (R Khathi) bumped leaving the stalls.

    THE STIPENDIARY STEWARDS REPORTED:

    a) In a slow run race, GOLIGHTLY (S Khathi) and DUPLICITY (M van Rensburg) were difficult to settle in the early stages.
    b) DAME OF FLAMES (*RA Venniker) raced wide around the turn and into the straight.
    c) INTEGRITY (R Munger) was hanging in from the 300m.
    d) Jockey W Agrella reported that he felt something amiss with MAGICAL JAVA. The veterinary surgeon was requested to examine this mare.
    e) INTEGRITY, the winner, was selected for the taking of specimens for analysis. Trainer TJ Laing was advised. (SP)
    f) SANTA THERESE, the second-placed horse, was selected for the taking of specimens for analysis. Trainer AC Greeff was advised. (SP)

    JOCKEY AND/OR EQUIPMENT CHANGES:

    a) *RA Venniker rode DAME OF FLAMES (declared 15h52 on 20220804)
    b) RATTLE MOUSE raced with a compression mask (declared 10h31 on 20220801)
    c) DAME OF FLAMES raced with a compression mask (declared 09h41 on 20220801)

    RACE CARD CHANGES / OTHER

    a) Nil

    Race 6 contd.

    THE VETERINARY SURGEON REPORTED:

    a) MAGICAL JAVA – examined post-race. Nothing obvious detected

    THERE WERE NO SCRATCHINGS

    OFFICIAL RESULT
    TRAINER JOCKEY DISTANCE BETTING
    1ST 4 INTEGRITY TJ Laing R Munger 25/2
    2ND 1 SANTA THERESE AC Greeff S Khumalo 1.25 1.25 14/10
    3RD 2 RAIN IN NEWMARKET SJ Snaith P Strydom 0.75 2.00 18/10
    4TH 8 DUPLICITY C Bass-Robinson M van Rensburg 2.25 4.25 33/1
    5TH 10 CELTIC NIGHT B Crawford L Mxothwa 0.50 4.75 16/1
    TIME OF RACE: 1 min 40.34 sec
    Tote
    Favourite 1 SANTA THERESE AC Greeff S Khumalo 1.25 14/10

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