SOUTH AFRICA: Delago Deluxe back to his best
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By Michael Clower
Scottsville: Allan Robertson Championship (Grade 1) 6f, 2yo fillies
All Is Secret (Vaughan Marshall/Anton Marcus) proved her trainer right when leading a furlong out and coming home ears pricked to beat Franny a length and a quarter with the winner’s stable companion, hot favourite Valdivia, three-quarters of a length back third.
Marshall had been saying for months that All Is Secret was the better of the pair but most observers preferred the evidence of the racecourse.
Marshall said: “There is not all that much between them and Valdivia might have finished second if she hadn’t had to switch late.”
Marcus described the winner as “a very smart filly,” adding: “I went a bit on the early side but she was good enough to carry’me through.”
Scottsville: Tsogo Sun Medallion (Grade 1) 6f, turf, 2yo
Potent Power (Dennis Drier/Kevin Shea) served up a 40-1 shock when leading a furlong out to beat the only filly in the race, Straight Set, by a length and a quarter.
Shea said: “I sat behind them but they fell into a hole and came back to’me. At that stage I hadn’t asked him for an effort. When I did ask him, he went on and won well.”
Drier added: “He showed so much early on that I was starting to get despondent when he was beaten in his next two. I thought that maybe he was choking so I put on a tongue tie and it has worked.”
Scottsville: South African Fillies Sprint (Grade 1) 6f, turf, 3yo+ f/m
A second wind operation seems to have done the trick for Ebony Flyer (Justin Snaith/Bernard Fayd’Herbe) who produced an amazing burst of speed inside the last half furlong to beat Welwitschia by a comfortable length despite drifting to 11-2 (from 2).
Last season’s Cape Fillies Guineas winner carries the colours of Barry Irwin’s Team Valor and is scheduled to step back up to a mile in the Rising Sun Gold Challenge at Clairwood on June 9.
Odds-on favourite Princess Victoria raced towards the outside, came under pressure two furlongs out and was unable to quicken. The ground seemed noticeably slower on this side of the course and in the Golden Horse Casino Sprint 40 minutes later all the jockeys made for the near side.
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