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Silvan Spirit wins Wedgewood Handicap

That's The Spirit! Silvan Spirit cruises home under Alec Forbes to win the Wedgewood Handicap

That’s The Spirit! Silvan Spirit cruises home under Alec Forbes to win the Wedgewood Handicap (Coastal Photos)

Super stallion Silvano struck yet again when his daughter Silvan Spirit made a procession of the non black type R90 000 Wedgewood Handicap run over 2400m at Fairview on Friday. The smart 3yo relished the test of stamina to show that she is going to win plenty of races.

The compressed weights in this little staying feature saw Fly Emirates (MR 97) carrying  topweight of 62,5kgs and giving lumps of weight to her eleven opponents who all carried 52kgs. The highest rated horse of the balance was Mike Bass’ For The Count (MR 78).

Silvan Spirit’s stablemate  Entrancer cut out a solid pace ahead of Taste Of Honey and For The Count in the Beck silks.

Fly Emirates was going well in a good position in  fourth about six lengths off the action.

Into the home run  Fly Emirates moved up hard against the steel as For The Count came under pressure.

Alec Forbes was sitting with more than a double handful on Silvan Spirit though and the daughter of Silvano catapulted clear at the 300m marker with absolutely no challengers in sight.

Silvan Spirit won going away by 6,50 lengths in a time of 154,63 seconds to give Alan Greeff his third winner of the day.

Camden Burrough ran on best of the rest for second from way off the action, with the longshot Sacred Call squeaking into fourth.

The fancied Fly Emirates always appeared to be going well, but faded badly late to run out of the money.

Silvan Spirit is by Silvano out of the two time winning  Al Mufti mare, Princess Bibesco.

She was bred by Wicklow Stud in whose partnership silks she races.

Silvan Spirit was registering a third win with 5 places from 8 starts and took her stake earnings to R191 975.

A filly who has earned at all of her starts, Silvan Spirit looks a very decent sort and can be followed with confidence.

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