Progeny of Vinery Stud’s multiple G1 winning sire All Too Hard have enjoyed a memorable spell of success in South Africa this season, and the son of Casino Prince was responsible for his eighth stakes winner when daughter Roy’s Riviera won the Listed East Coast Cup at Greyville on Saturday afternoon.
The Frank Robinson trained Roy’s Riviera had finished a close up third in the Listed Kings Cup, against male rivals, last time out, but was allowed to go off a 9-1 chance, as support came for last season’s G2 Gold Bracelet winner Miyabi Gold, who had impressed when scoring a good win in the Listed The Scarlet Lady most recently.
With the late scratching of Rail Trip, just 13 fillies and mares took part in Saturday’s 2000m contest, with the pace set by longshot Parabola.
The latter went out to make the running, leading from the likes of Twice As Smart, Sabina’s Dynasty and Expedite, as the favourite dropped out of contention early on.
Turning for home, jockey Richard Fourie bought Miyabi Gold with a wide late rush down the outside, as Bernard Fayd’Herbe asked the Australian bred Roy’s Riviera for her effort down the centre of the course.
The two four-year-olds came together with 200m left to run, with Roy’s Riviera fighting on doggedly to score a 0.6 of a length win at the expense of fast finishing outsider Perfect Air, with the favourite Miyabi Gold, who was conceding weight to the fillies who finished in front of her, finishing another short-head away in third spot.
Roy’s Riviera, claiming the first feature race of her 21 race career, claimed the first prize of R93 750 in a time of 124.05. The consistent filly had previously been placed in a number of feature races, and ran subsequent G1 HSH Princess Charlene Empress Club Stakes winner Camphoratus to a neck when second in December’s G3 Flamboyant Stakes.
Now a four time winner, with earnings of R520 750 to her credit, Roy’s Riviera was a $70 000 buy from the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Baramul Stud by World Wide Bloodstock.
The filly, who shares her four time G1 winning sire with recent G2 SA Nursery winner Frosted Gold, was produced by the placed Anabaa mare Donna Amata, whose progeny also include the stakes winning Sebring filly Sebring Sally. This is the family of Golden Slipper winning champion Catbird.
In what was a great day for All Too Hard, later that night, the Mike de Kock-trained, multiple stakes-winning juvenile colt Frosted Gold was awarded the Champion 2YO/Gelding at the Highveld Feature Season Awards, held at Turffontein Racecourse.