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This girl goes 2000m - we think!

Eros's Girl beats Kumiko to win the East Cape Oaks (Coastal Photos)

Eros’s Girl beats Kumiko to win the East Cape Oaks (Coastal Photos)

Justin Snaith trained Eros’s Girl has proven a revelation since being tried over ground and the daughter of Captain Al picked up some valuable black type with a smooth win in Friday’s R150 000 Listed East Cape Oaks at Fairview.

Eros’s Girl had won her first two career starts impressively down the Kenilworth straight and at one point looked a classy speed filly in the making.

She appeared to lose direction in the 2014 KZN Champions Season, and despite some decent sprint placed efforts in her early 3yo season back in Cape Town, she has only now come into her own – since trying ground in the Eastern Cape.

She had won her first distance start when winning the Oaks Trial early in April, and handled the extra 200m and her first bash at 2000m with aplomb on Friday.

She was relaxed early and then produced a solid finish to run on strongly under Bernard Fayd’herbe to beat the very consistent Kumiko by a half length in a time of 128,43 secs.

The winner’s stablemate Bountiful Harvest ran a decent third at her first local start, just a further half length back.

Unravelling the Eros’s Girl career profile makes for interesting debate. She appeared very quick, but didn’t go on with her early pace.

Then she was suddenly plucked from the sprints and into an 1800m race. Which she won – we thought with a sprint off a slow gallop.

Now on Friday, she handled the 2000m – albeit in slow time.

She was an expensive buy and her first black type win would have gladdened the hearts of the partnership that owns her. But is she merely a classy sort who can take advantage of the local conditions and then turn it on in the home straight? And will she carry this form into a stronger centre over ground?

That could be interesting to follow – and time will tell.

Eros’s Girl was bred by Moutonshoek and is by Captain Al out of the unraced Jet Master mare, Cupid.

She was sold for R1,7 million at the Cape Premier Yearling Sale Book 1.

She has now won 4 races from 11 starts with 3 places and has clocked up R258 125 in stakes earned.


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