Talented four-year-old Gin Fizz justified favouritism in Saturday’s The Lady’s Stakes (Non-Black Type) (1200m) on the inside track at Turffontein over the weekend.
The Mike de Kock trained filly, a temperamental sort who went to post with a lead pony, had shown plenty of ability in her career, with Gin Fizz’ previous efforts including a runner up finish in the 2019 G2 Joburg Spring F&M Challenge, and a second place in the Listed Swallow Stakes back in January.
There was a delay to the running of The Lady’s Stakes when both Operetta (16-1) and The Fifth Wave (4-1) both lost a shoe and had to be re-shod.
The Fifth Wave dwelt and lost 2 lengths at the start, but, in contrast, Gin Fizz (9-4) got a flyer and went on to make the running.
Under a superbly timed ride from Callan Murray, Gin Fizz kicked again at the top of the straight and stayed on gamely to land Saturday’s feature by a diminishing neck.
Top weight Dancing Queen (6-1) ran on powerfully from off the pace, and would have won in another few meters, while conceding Gin Fizz 4kgs, while Comaneci (7-1) took third spot -1.4 lengths off the game winner.
Bred and owned by Wilgerbosdrift, Gin Fizz claimed her third win, from 15 starts, in a time of 71.69.
Fromt the first crop of ill-fated de Kock trained champion Soft Falling Rain, Gin Fizz is out of the de Kock trained Dansili mare Espumanti -whose six wins included triumphs in the G2 Ipi Tombe Challenge and G2 Betting World 1900.
Race Image: JC Photographics