Joey Ramsden is aiming Fresnaye at the Princess Charlene Empress Club Stakes at Turffontein on April 13, hence the filly’s run in a 1 400m conditions plate at the Johannesburg course nine days ago when she ran on into third behind Celtic Sea.
Ramsden said: “I was very pleased with that. I had done nothing with her yet she quickened quite nicely.”
The Empress Club has proved a happy hunting ground for Cape Town horses on occasion in the past. Justin Snaith won the mile Grade 1 with Dancer’s Daughter ten years ago, Brett Crawford scored with Thunder Dance in 2013 and Mike Bass won with Inara three years later. Fresnaye, who carries the same Drakenstein colours as Inara, has a string of recent high class performances to her name winning the Victress, Stormsvlei Mile and Winter Oaks last year while this year she was fourth in both the Paddock Stakes and the Majorca.
Ramsden has a 24 % strike rate in Gauteng this season (“I must be picking the right ones to send up there”) and he is targeting a second Computaform Sprint on May 4 with last year’s first and third, Attenborough and Speedpoint. The plan is to give both just one prep run beforehand.
On the Durban front Cape Guineas runner-up Twist Of Fate (winner of the Cape Classic, Politician and nearly R2 million) leaves Cape Town at the end of this month and will probably begin his campaign there in the KRA Guineas on May 3.
BLOB The stable’s recent Prix Du Cap winner Rose In Bloom (also second in the Sceptre and third in the Majorca) looks like staying with Ramsden for the rest of her racing career after being bought for R800 000 by stud owner Stefan Moller at Saturday evening’s small Central Route Trading sale.
By Michael Clower