Independent On Saturday

THE INDEPENDENT ON SATURDAY DRILL HALL STAKES (GRADE 2) – R500,000 – 1400m – Hollywoodbets Hollywoodbets Greyville

1st R312,500, 2nd R100,000, 3rd R50,000 – May 3

1. UNDERCOVER AGENT

4yo b.c. by Captain Al – Secret Risk (London News)

2nd dam: Lustra Belle (Lustra)

3rd dam: Cabistan (Lords)

Owners: G Bortz and A J van Huyssteen

Bred by Moutonshoek

Trainer: B Crawford

 Jockey: C Orffer

2. Rainbow Bridge

4yo b.g. by Ideal World – Halfway To Heaven (Jet Master)

Owners: Mr and Mrs M L P Rattray

Bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein

3. Cirillo

3yo b.c. by Pomodoro – Miss Wordsworth (Lake Coniston)

 Owner: C J H van Niekerk

Bred by Riverton Stud

Then came: Lady In Black, Will Pays, Zouaves, Infamous Fox (Aus), Sniper Shot, Sand And Sea, Matador Man

Won by: head – longhead – 1.75

 Time: 1-23,39

A star-studded line-up faced the starter for this 1400m race and in a fitting start to the rich KwaZuluNatal winter season, the Hollywoodbets Greyville crowd were treated to a rousing finish, with UNDERCOVER AGENT reversing his longhead defeat of twelve months ago. Returning to the racetrack where he had also earned his Gr1 spurs in last season’s Gold Challenge, Brett Crawford’s four-year-old immediately shot into the lead and looked to have the race sewn up a furlong from home. However, three-year-old Cirillo loomed large on his outside and briefly poked his head in front, while Met hero Rainbow Bridge, making his debut at the right-handed track, flew up on his inside. In a thrilling three-way finish, Undercover Agent just lasted long enough, as Rainbow Bridge was in front a stride past the post. Cirillo ran his heart out and finished a longhead back in third. For the winner and runner-up it was a return to action after their Met clash, where Undercover Agent finished fourth, just over two lengths behind Rainbow Bridge. Yet another star miler sired by Klawervlei’s late stalwart Captain Al, the colt has rewarded owners Greg Bortz and Braam van Huyssteen with earnings fast approaching R5 million, a far cry from the R325,000 he cost as a yearling. Undercover Agent’s dam Secret Risk won the Winter Oaks and will be sold at the Moutonshoek dispersal sale on May 23. She is currently in foal to Galileo’s Gr2 winning son The United States, whose own sister Hermosa made all to claim the Gr1 English 1000 Guineas not even 24 hours after the Drill Hall Stakes.

KRA FILLIES GUINEAS (GRADE 2) – R500,000 – 1600m – Hollywoodbets Greyville 1st R312,500, 2nd R100,000, 3rd R50,000 – May 3

1. SANTA CLARA

3yo ch.f. by Duke Of Marmalade – Shina (Lomitas)

2nd dam: Spirit Of Eagles (Beau’s Eagle)

3rd dam: Big Spirit (Big Spruce)

Owner: Drakenstein Stud

Bred by Maine Chance Farms (Pty) Ltd

Trainer: C Bass-Robinson Jockey: B Fayd’Herbe

2. Front And Centre

3yo b.f. by Dynasty – Alignment (Alzao)

 Owners: C and R Kieswetter and Ridgemont Highlands

Bred by Highlands Farms Stud (Pty) Ltd

3. Temple Grafin

3yo ch.f. by Duke Of Marmalade – Inner Temple (Greys Inn)

 Owners: Chrigor Stud (Pty) Ltd

Bred by Mrs F Crowe

Then came: Silvano’s Pride, Running Brave, Nafaayes (Aus), Celtic Sea, Moon In June, Princess Irene, Petra, Waiting For Change, Railtrip, Arianos Shadow Non-runners: Generous Lady, Mazari

Won by: 2.75 – 1.25 – 1.25

Time: 1-37,05

SANTA CLARA became the first local classic winner for Duke Of Marmalade when she registered an effortless victory in the Gr2 KRA Fillies Guineas under the Hollywoodbets Greyville lights. Building on a fine second the Gr3 Umzimkhulu Stakes, the Drakenstein colour bearer clearly relished the extra furlong and after moving into the lead 300m out, she stretched clear for an effortless threelength win, her first at stakes level. Drakenstein had to outlay an even million for the Maine Chance-bred filly at the 2017 Cape Premier Yearling Sale and rightly so. By an international sire success, she is out of Shina, an unraced own sister to Silvano. At the time of purchase, Dynasty half-brother Horizon (himself a R5.2 million yearling), had just won the Gr3 Politician Stakes and would go on to finish third in the Gr1 Daily News 2000. Coincidentally, it was a weekend to remember for Shina, as 48 hours after Santa Clara’s classic success, that one’s juvenile own sister Sanskrift picked up her first black type when third in the Listed Perfect Promise Sprint at Kenilworth.

KRA GUINEAS (GRADE 2) – R600,000 – 1600m – Hollywoodbets Greyville 1st R375,000, 2nd R120,000, 3rd R60,000 – May 3

1. TWIST OF FATE

3yo b.c. by Master Of My Fate – Crescent Lily (Counter Action)

2nd dam: Foxy Drums (Russian Fox)

3rd dam: Star Drums (Foveros)

Owner: River Palace Racing Syndicate

Bred by Favour Stud

Trainer: J Ramsden

 Jockey: A Marcus

2. National Park

 3yo b.g. by Gimmethegreenlight – Fancy Park (Camden Park)

Owners: B Ressell, F H McGrath, M C Wright and Missing U Syndicate Bred by Missing U Syndicate

 3. Bunker Hunt

3yo b.g. by Dynasty – Secret Obsession (Captain Al)

Owner: Mrs S Plattner

Bred by Varsfontein Stud

Then came: Soqrat (Aus), Thanksgiving, Chijmes, Alyaasaat (Aus), Charles, Approach Control, Tristful, Triple Fate Line, Solid Gold Non-runner: Samurai Warrior

Won by: 0.75 – 1 – 0.75

Time: 1-35,91

Soqrat, who stamped himself as the new star miler following victories in the Gr1 Cape Guineas and Gr1 HF Oppenheimer Horse Chestnut Stakes, was all the rage here, however, Sheikh Hamdan’s colt failed to overcome the widest draw and finished fourth behind winner TWIST OF FATE, who had chased him home in the Cape Guineas. Gauteng Guineas hero National Park was still on the lead a furlong from home, but had no answer to the strong finish from Joey Ramsden’s colt, who gradually asserted to win going away by the best part of a length. It was a remarkable result, considering that the first three past the post all had connections to Varsfontein Stud, the winner and runner-up being by resident stallions Master Of My Fate and Gimmethegreenlight, whilst third-placed Bunker Hunt (Dynasty) is a Varsfontein-bred. Twist Of Fate, whose tally of six wins also includes the Gr3 Cape Classic, Gr3 Politician Stakes and the Listed Somerset Stakes, is proving to be a money-spinner of note for his Mauritian owners, his current earnings standing at just over R2.2 million. Bred by the Favour Stud, the colt is out of Breeders Guineas winner Crescent Lily and hails from the immediate family of Vodacom Durban July hero Heavy Metal and the Gr1 winners Planetary Music and Drum Star.