Track And Ball Derby & Oaks

TRACK AND BALL DERBY (GRADE 3) – R300,000 – 2400m – Hollywoodbets Scottsville

1st R187,500, 2nd R60,000, 3rd R30,000 – June 22


       4yo b/br.c. by Pierro – Queens Plaza (Elusive Quality)

       2nd dam: Danendri (Danehill)

       3rd dam: Stormy Exchange (Storm Bird)

       Owner: R Moodley

       Bred by Hutchins Thoroughbreds, Qld

       Trainer: F Robinson

       Jockey: A Marcus

2.    Charles

       3yo b.c. by Trippi – Demanding Lady (Dynasty)

       Owners: Mesdames J Magnier, D Nagle, P Shanahan, D J Sherrell and Mr B L Rae

       Bred by Drakenstein Stud

3.    Dawn Assault

       5yo b.h. by Call To Combat – Cayman Ridge (Al Mufti)

       Owner: S J D Gray

       Bred by Graystone Stud

Then came: White Lightning, Silver Rose, Mr Winsome, Top Classman, Secret Potion, Ballad Of The Sea (Aus), Mangrove

Won by: 1.25 – 0.50 – 0.50

Time: 2-27,26

ROY HAD ENOUGH secured himself a July berth when he came out of the pack late to record his first Graded stakes success.

The Australian-bred, who turned for home last, made a forward charge at the top of the straight, as did favourite Charles. The latter enjoyed a narrow advantage approaching the final furlong but Marcus had plenty in reserve on Frank Robinson’s charge and the pair asserted in the end to score by just over a length from the three-year-old, with top weight Dawn Assault next best.

Already a dual Listed winner of the Darley Arabian and Christmas Handicap, this was a career best for the four-year-old, who has now banked stakes just shy of R800,000.

By Coolmore’s Australian-bred stallion Pierro (Lonhro), he was a A$95,000 Magic Millions purchase and is the first foal out of unraced Queens Plaza, a half-sister to Gr3 winner Zingam (Zabeel) and Gr1-placed stakes winner Banc De Fortune (Galileo). They are out of dual Gr1 winner and Australian Oaks queen Danendri, who also features as the grandam of Faint Perfume (Shamardal), the champion three-year-old filly in Australia in 2010, and of stakes winner Eagle Island (Fastnet Rock).

TRACK AND BALL OAKS (GRADE 3) – R300,000 – 2400m – Hollywoodbets Scottsville

1st R187,500, 2nd R60,000, 3rd R30,000 – June 22


       3yo ch.f. by Duke Of Marmalade – Serruria (Galileo)

       2nd dam: Pink Stone (Bigstone)

       3rd dam: Pink Valley (Never Bend)

       Owner: Drakenstein Stud

       Bred by owner

       Trainer: M N Houdalakis

       Jockey: C Zackey

2.    Flichity By Farr

       4yo ch.f. by Go Deputy – Flichity (Western Winter)

       Owner: The Fire Racing Trust

       Bred by Lammerskraal Stud

3.    Snapscan

       3yo b.f. by Oratorio – Cash Register (Casey Tibbs)

       Owners: Chrigor Stud (Pty) Ltd, Drakenstein Stud and Mr and Mrs A Georgiou

       Bred by Drakenstein Stud

Then came: Blossom, Bondiblu, Princess Irene, Sabina’s Dynasty, Dynasty’s Blossom, Roy’s Riviera (Aus), Insignis, Expedite, Just One More

Won by: 1.25 – neck – 0.75

Time: 2-27,57

SEVILLE ORANGE became the latest homebred stakes winner for Drakenstein Stud with a powerful frontrunning display. When challenged in the straight, the daughter of Duke Of Marmalade found another gear and kept on resolutely to score by just over a length from Flichity By Farr, who improved on her third in last year’s race.

This was a deserved first stakes success for the three-year-old, who reached the frame in both the Listed Oaks Trial and Gr2 SA Oaks and entered this classic off a fourth in the Gr1 Woolavington 2000.

Bred on the reverse of the hugely successful Galileo x Danehill cross, she is the first foal of Serruria, who scored three times at four in the Drakenstein colours. Grandam Pink Stone placed in France and is a half-sister to French triple Gr3 winner and sire Pink (Northern Dancer) and the French Stakes winners Ring Pink (Bering) and Lypink (Lyphard). The next dam Pink Valley won the Prix d’Aumale and is a half-sister to Green Dancer, Soviet Lad and Val Danseur.