Chevauchee’s On Fire

Brett Crawford has a smart 3yo on his hands

Brett Crawford looks to have an exciting 3yo on his hands in the Australian-bred Chevauchee. The Ridgemont Stud owned daughter of High Chaparral made short work of her field to register her second stakes victory in the R150 000 Listed Ladies Mile at Kenilworth on Saturday.


Chevauchee sweeps clear under Corne Orffer to beat Moonlight ‘N Roses (Aldo Domeyer in red) and the gallant Petty Officer (Grant Behr in yellow) in a great finish (Pics – Wayne Marks)

The 3yo was having only her third run for the Crawford yard after starting her professional life with Joey Ramsden on the other side of the Peninsula.

Touted as smart from long before she raced, a glance at her formline shows that she ran July fancy Bela-Bela to 1,75 lengths giving weight away, early on.

On Saturday, stepping up from the sprints after her recent Listed Olympic Duel Stakes win, things panned out beautifully for Corne Orffer, who had her midfield as Grant Behr had Petty Officer in her usual pacemaking role.

Into the home run, Chevauchee had some eight lengths to make up as Petty Officer was challenged by Fear Not and the improved again Moonlight ‘N Roses.

With traffic ahead, Orffer had to switch in and out but he had so much firepower under him, Chevaucheee took it all in her stride and she hit the front at the 150m marker to win going away.

She beat Moonlight ‘N Roses by 2 lengths in a time of 99,04 secs.

The game Petty Officer held on gallantly for third a further 1,25 lengths back – a great run after having done the donkey drill from her wide draw.

Brett Crawford - smart filly

Brett Crawford – smart filly

The Snaith’s 5yo Acrostar confirmed her Olympic Duel Stakes return run with a flying finish – but was left with a bit too much to do and just failed to snatch third.

The 4-1 second fancy Come Fly With Me failed to show and was beaten out of the places.

Chevauchee was purchased for Aus$ 180 000 by C Roscoe at the 2014 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

She has now won 3 races (2 of which were stakes races) with 3 places from 6 starts for stakes of R272 525.

Bred by Supreme Thoroughbreds she is by the ill-fated Sadler’s Wells star High Chaparral.

Her dam is the beautifully bred Danehill mare Chevaleresse – an unraced Irish-bred half-sister to English Gr1 placed Gr2 winner, Riyadeen (Polish Precedent). She is out of the Epsom Oaks winner, Knight’s Baroness.

Her victory here was a second feature success on the afternoon for Australian-bred horses.

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