December 4, 2021

Last season’s star three-year-old filly Captain’s Ransom maintained her unbeaten record as a four-year-old when she won a star-studded pinnacle stakes at Kenilworth on Saturday.

The Justin Snaith trained filly, who had successfully defended her G3 Diana Stakes title on her seasonal debut, was sent out a well backed favourite for Saturday’s Amy Miller Memorial Pinnacle Stakes (1500m), despite having to face a trio of high-class graded stakes winners in Princess Calla, Zarina and She’s A Keeper respectively.

The favourite’s stablemate Really Royal went out to make the running, as Richard Fourie kept Captain’s Ransom back in third spot.

Talented four-year-old Princess Calla quickly challenged as the front runner faded out of contention, only for Fourie to launch Captain’s Ransom on the outside.

Once Fourie asked the question, it was a matter of who would run second, with Captain’s Ransom bounding clear to record a deceptively cosy three-parts of a length win.

Once again, Princess Calla had to play second fiddle to Captain’s Ransom, and the Flower Alley filly finished a length and a quarter of the fast finishing She’s A Keeper.

Bred by Moutonshoek, Captain’s Ransom (whose success provided owner Suzette Viljoen with a second win on the Kenilworth card) claimed her eighth win, from ten starts, in a time of 93.02 seconds.

One of more than 100 stakes winners for deceased champion sire Captain Al, Captain’s Ransom won four graded races last season, including the G1 World Sports Betting Cape Fillies Guineas and G1 Majorca Stakes.

Captain’s Ransom, who is out of the Red Ransom mare Cinnas Ransom, was a R225 000 buy from the 2019 National Yearling Sale.

Image: Chase Liebenberg Designs, Cape Racing