A textbook tactical ride by Luke Ferraris got Factor Fifty home to beat her older stablemate Flichity By Farr in the R135 0000 Sun Chariot Handicap at Turffontein on Saturday to give trainer David Niewenhuizen the feature exacta.
A winner of her maiden at her second start by over 13 lengths, the dual stakes placed Factor Fifty was drawn at pole position in the small but competitive field that contested the 2400m non black-type event.
But she simply outstayed her rivals as the winning trainer gave SA Champion Apprentice Luke Ferraris all the accolades.
“Luke did everything right. His positioning was 100% and he applied his mind. The runner-up Flichity By Farr had a hard race a week ago and carrying 61kgs in this going wasn’t easy,” said Niewenhuizen.
Starting a 3-1 favourite, Factor Fifty stormed home to win in a time of 157,43 secs.
Flichity By Farr (97-20) was game in defeat, two lengths back, with Pilgrim’s Progress (10-1) rounding the trifecta off a short head away
The original pacemaker Seville Orange faded out to run 15 lengths behind the winner
Bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein, the winner is a 4yo daughter of Marchfield, a son of legendary sire and Horse Of The Year A P Indy.
Marchfield was a dual champion, millionaire and classic winner in Canada, where he won a trio of graded races and the classic Breeders’ Stakes. He has not been well supported here.
An R85 000 BSA Cape Yearling Sale graduate, Factor Fifty is out of the accomplished winner-producing Model Man mare, Tanover.
She has won 5 races with 5 places from 13 starts.