Peace Flower, a half-sister to the R9 million colt who smashed the South African yearling record six months ago, sprang one of the shocks of the month when coming home at 50-1 (and 65-1 on the Tote) in the mile fillies maiden at Kenilworth yesterday.
The once-raced Ideal World filly was the second string for both Candice Bass-Robinson and owners Varsfontein – and was allowed to drift almost unbacked from 28-1 – yet Anthony Andrews was able to bring her with a strong run to shade the fancied What A Flirt by less than the thickness of a race card.
Andrews said: “The penny is still far from dropping. I was battling a long way out and niggling probably 1 000m from home but she is only going to get better.”
The winning trainer added: “There is a lot of improvement to come although this was very much a surprise. I said to Susan Rowett of Varsfontein beforehand that she is the type of filly who is going to need a couple of runs.”
Mrs Bass-Robinson should know because she won her first Grade 1 with Peace Flower’s half-sister Nightingale in the 2017 Klawervlei Majorca. But it’s Masaki, yet to see a racecourse, who is the family headline-maker.
At the National Yearling Sale in April Mike de Kock, acting for Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, got the better of a battle royal with Hong Kong-based Tony Millard to buy him for 50% more than any yearling in South Africa had ever made before.
By Michael Clower