December 4, 2021

Trainer Andre Nel, jockey Grant Van Nierkerk and owner Sabine Plattner made it a graded stakes double at Kenilworth on Saturday when the trio teamed up to land the G1 World Sports Betting Cape Fillies Guineas (1600m) with Chansonette.

The trio had previously enjoyed graded success on the card when landing the G3 Bet With The Best Cape Summer Stayers Handicap with the Plattner bred Crome Yellow.

Runner up in the G2 Western Cape Fillies Championship last time out, the Maine Chance Farms bred Chansonette was allowed to go off a 50-3 shot, as Gauteng visitor Desert Miracle started a red-hot 4-11 tote favourite.

The favourite raced just off the early pace set by She’s A Rainbow, with Fillies Championship winner Amanzimtoti racing three wide around the turn.

Kailene raced towards the outside running rail, as Desert Miracle launched her challenge down the centre of the course.

The favourite looked in command 100m from home, but Van Niekerk had timed his challenge to perfection aboard Chansonette, and that filly got up to win by a neck.

Desert Miracle appeared to have every chance back in second, and finished nearly two and a quarter lengths clear of third place finisher Homely Girl, with Listed World Sports Betting Perfect Promise Sprint winner Mercury Rising finishing fourth.

Now a three time winner from five starts, Chansonette claimed her first black type win in a time of 100.07 seconds.

A R500 000 buy from the 2020 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, Chansonette is the third G1 winner for boom sire Vercingetorix, whose progeny continue to impress on the track. The filly joins the likes of Alesian Chief, Fifty Fiver and Pomp And Power as recent big race winning three-year-olds sired by Vercingetorix (pictured above).

Out of the speedy Champery (runner up in the Listed Perfect Promise Sprint), Chansonette’s granddam Celigny (by Mr. Greeley) is a half-sister to G1 Las Virgenes Stakes winner Eden’s Moon.

Image: Chase Liebenberg Designs