While Hollywoodbets-sponsored trainer Gavin Smith’s Vision Of Wonder caught the eye with an emphatic victory in Friday’s R175 000 Listed East Cape Nursery, it wasn’t a memorable day behind the starting stalls for the Gqeberha team.
Inexperienced and uptight 2yo’s are a challenge for any team of handlers, and with a fractious Bridgerton digging his heels in, then kicking a handler and bolting, the East Cape Nursery field was reduced to just six with Summer Odyssey also withdrawn after playing up and injuring herself in the pens.
A runaway maiden victor at his previous start, Vision Of Wonder (33-20) showed a remarkable turn of foot under JP van der Merwe and was too strong as he drew away to win by 3,25 lengths in a time of 69,01 secs.
Global View’s son Fairy Night (33-20) loomed dangerously but had no answers and was well beaten in second.
The winner’s first timer stablemate Aadehya (20-1) was a further 5,25 lengths back in third.
Vision Of Wonder, a R160 000 National 2yo Sale purchase, was the second winner on the day bred by Sandown Stud’s James Armitage and is a son of Visionaire (Grand Slam) out of the twice-winning Silvano mare, Red Ridge.
A winner of 2 races with 2 places from 4 starts, the winner took his earnings to R169 500.
The winner’s now Gelykfontein-based sire Visionaire has only one lot (#351) on the BSA National Yearling Sale. She is a full sister to Gr1 SA Fillies Classic winner, Takingthepeace.