Trainer Justin Snaith and jockey Richard Fourie made it back to back graded stakes wins at Kenilworth on Saturday, when the pair teamed up to win Saturday’s G1 World Sports Betting Cape Fillies Guineas (1600m) with the hugely exciting filly Captain’s Ransom.
The latter, an impressive winner of the G3 Diana Stakes last time out, made it four wins from just five starts with a fluent display, as tote favourite, in Saturday’s contest for 3yo fillies.
Under Fourie, Captain’s Ransom raced in tandem with Fillies Championship winner, and market rival, Princess Calla, as Gauteng raider La Luvia set out to make the running.
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As the front runner dropped out of contention, Fourie bought Captain’s Ransom with a good looking challenge down the centre of the track, as Princess Calla challenged down the inside.
The favourite, however, was always going a little bit too well, and Captain’s Ransom stayed on to score by two and a quarter lengths, over a game Princess Calla. The latter, in turn, took second spot a length and a half over promising filly Chat Ching, with Captain’s Ransom’s poorly drawn stablemate Dazzling Sun staying on for fourth.
Now a winner of four of her five starts, Captain’s Ransom, a Listed winner at two, claimed her biggest win to date in a time of 98.44.
Captain’s Ransom is a daughter of deceased multiple champion sire Captain Al – whose progeny also include the 2019 Cape Fillies Guineas winner Missisippi Burning, as well as fellow Cape Fillies Guineas winners Captain’s Lover and Snowdance.
Captain Al, whose daughter Celtic Sea captured Saturday’s G2 WBS Live Games Southern Cross Stakes on the same card, also ranks as broodmare sire of the 2002 Cape Fillies Guineas runner up Princess Calla.
Bred by Moutonshoek, Captain’s Ransom was a R225 000 buy from the 2019 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
The once beaten filly is out of the unraced Red Ransom mare Cinnas Ransom, a half-sister to two stakes winners including G3 Prix de Saint-Georges winner Black Rock Desert.
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