BACK TO BACK DIANA SCORES FOR CAPTAIN'S RANSOM

Top-class four-year-old Captain’s Ransom made it back to back wins in the G3 Diana Stakes, when she captured the 2021 Diana Stakes at Durbanville racecourse on Saturday.

The Justin Snaith trained filly, who had landed last year’s Diana Stakes before going on to win her next three in a row, was all the rage for Saturday’s 1400m feature for fillies and mares, despite the fact she was having her first start since July.

Sent off a warmly supported tote favourite, Captain’s Ransom was given a well timed ride by Richard Fourie.

Keen early in running, Captain’s Ransom was settled well off the pace set by stablemate Major Attraction.

Seemingly travelling with a double handful, Fourie had to get serious when he asked the favourite the question 150m from home, but Captain’s Ransom kicked on again and went on to score a convincing one and a half length win, over stablemate Major Attraction.

It was another one and a half lengths further back to third place finisher Marmalisa.

Captain Ransom’s finest attribute is the remarkable speed at which she can quicken, and she duly blasted home for a convincing score after initial leader Major Attraction had tried to go all the way. Jockey Richard Fourie said, “She switches off behind horses and can turn it on when in the clear. She’s really special and proven in Group 1’s. She can be hot-headed and get a bit jumpy, but still always gives 100%”

Trainer Justin Snaith admitted he made a mistake running Captain’s Ransom in the Garden Province Stakes despite her being sick after a training setback in Durban. “I take the blame for that defeat – she probably should not have run there – just pleased that she is coming back to best. This win confirms a recent gallop when she beat Major Attraction by a similar margin…”

Captain’s Ransom, victorious in all of the G1 World Sports Betting Cape Fillies Guineas, G1 Majorca Stakes and G2 World Sports Betting Fillies Guineas last season, put up a smart effort on Saturday, as she was conceding the runner up 3kgs and she looks on course for another big season.

Bred by Moutonshoek, Captain’s Ransom claimed her seventh win, from just nine starts, in a time of 86.64 seconds.

A R225 000 buy from the 2019 National Yearling Sale, Captain’s Ransom is one of 105 stakes winners for deceased Cape Guineas winner and multiple champion South African sire Captain Al.

She is out of the Red Ransom mare Cinnas Ransom – an unraced half-sister to French Group 3 winner Black Rock Desert and Japanese stakes winner Toyo Seattle.

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