False starts don’t make for good racing and punters were left licking their wounds after just such an eventuality cast a cloud over the R150 000 Listed Off To Stud Stakes at Greyville on Saturday. It was also a race of mixed emotions for SA champion trainer Sean Tarry.
It was difficult to determine exactly what happened at the mile start with the three runners on the wide outside appearing to be at the centre of the storm.
Supreme Chestnut looked to jump a moment too soon at the starter’s ‘heads up’ order and had her rider Sean Veale ducking for cover, with Speedy Chestnut and Crackpot on either side of her not getting a chance.
Supreme Dynasty unseated Veale in the chaos and was withdrawn after galloping back to home base. Veale didn’t look too chuffed with the goings on as he removed his skull cap!
On the restart Call Me Maybe jumped smartly and led the chase followed by Cassie O’Malley, with Lady Of Kildare nicely positioned next, with In Other Words forced a touch wide just behind them.
In the dash for home, Delpech produced Lady Of Kildare under a left-handed ride and she went on powerfully to beat stablemate Enchanted Silk by 1,75 lengths in a time of 94,49 secs.
Gauteng raider Silver Class improved nicely to be touched off for third, with Seventh Heart staying on for fourth, to give Tarry three of the top four.
The Tarry stable’s Piere Strydom partnered favourite In Other Words, who drifted ominously in the betting, was the first horse beaten into the home run and she ran 10,80 lengths – to finish worst of the quintet.
A R250 000 CTS Cape Ready To Run Sale graduate, Lady Of Kildare has now won 8 races (all on poly or sand) with 8 places from her 32 starts for stakes of R535 350.
She was bred by Klawervlei Stud and is a 5yo daughter of Captain Al out of the Irish-bred Indian Danehill mare, Revoltee, who won in France.
The Chris Van Niekerk owned mare is a gutsy and capable sort who should make a decent broodmare, with her black-type credit safely in the bank.