Promising 3yo Princess Calla stamped herself a leading contender for the G1 Cape Fillies Guineas when she claimed a convincing victory in Saturday’s G2 Western Cape Fillies Championship (1400m) on the Kenilworth winter course.
An impressive winner on debut, Princess Calla was well fancied for Saturday’s race having finished an eye catching third on her only previous start, to champion Anything Goes, in the G1 Thekwini Stakes. However, favouritism was entrusted to the Snaith trained Trickster, despite the fact that that filly had finished behind Princess Calla in the Thekwini Stakes.
The favourite went out to make the running, with jockey Craig Zackey placing Princess Calla just off the front running Trickster.
Turning for home, Trickster continued to lead, but Zackey bought his mount with a strong flourish, and Princess Calla hit the front 300m from home. The Adam Marcus trained filly stayed on to post a convincing two length win with Trickster staying on gamely for second.
Candice Bass-Robinson trained runners took third, fourth and spot, with the slow starting Zarina (13-2) catching the third when running on nicely for third, ahead of her stablemates Lemon Delight (17-2) and Ballroom Bliss (33-1).
Now a winner of two of three starts, Princess Calla captured her first graded win in a time of 87.37.
Bred by Maine Chance Farms, Princess Calla was a R600 000 buy from the 2019 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
The first South African graded stakes winner for G1 Travers Stakes winner Flower Alley, the well bred Princess Calla is out of G2 Sceptre Stakes winner Princess Royal, a Captain Al three-parts sister to four time G1 winner, and dual Equus Champion, Princess Victoria.
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