Snaith’s Sweet 1-2-3 In Winter Series Opener

Upset result as Chat Ching goes missing

Klawervlei Stud’s promising young stallion William Longsword gained a handsome update to his pedigree when his full-sister Really Royal won the R85 000 Listed World Sports Betting Sweet Chestnut Stakes at Kenilworth on Saturday.

Under a fine ride by the in-form Luyolo Mxothwa, the Klawervlei Stud bred Really Royal launched a strong late run down the inside which saw the filly hit the wire a short-head in front of her stablemate Rain In Newmarket.

Luyolo Mxothwa gets Really Royal up down the inside to hold Rain In Newmarket (Richard Fourie) in a thriller (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

The winner clocked 101,73 secs and capped a terrific race for the Justin Snaith team who saddled the trifecta with 12-1 La Quinta back in third.

The odds-on favourite Chat Ching never showed and ran a disappointing seventh and 3,75 lengths off the winner.

Now a winner of two of her five starts, the Klawervlei Stud-bred Really Royal was the top lot sold at the 2019 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, when fetching R4 million.

She races in the international silks of Bjorn Nielsen and is one of 104 stakes winners for Klawervlei’s late sire, Captain Al (Al Mufti).

Really Royal is the fourth stakes winner produced by the winning Fort Wood mare Pagan Princess, with the latter also responsible for Gr1 Cape Guineas winning sire William Longsword, Gr1 South African Fillies Sprint victress Real Princess and Wolf Power 1600 hero, Silver God.

William Longsword, whose first 2yo runners this season include the impressive Safe Return, proved popular at the recent National Yearling Sale where his yearlings fetched up to R1 million.

The Stipes reported:

Approaching the 300m Rain In Newmarket (R Fourie) became unbalanced when bumped by a tiring Helen’s Blush (C Murray) which rolled in away from Veronica Mars (R Khathi) which rolled in slightly.

Pink Tourmaline was hanging out in the latter stages.

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