The Herman Brown-trained Muhtafal filly Hot Reception caused an upset in the Gr.3 Poinsettia Stakes for fillies and mares over 1 200 m at Scottsville yesterday and it was a one two for the Paul Lafferty-trained Oracle News putting her last disappointing run behind her to finish second.
Hot Reception, a four year by Muhtafal, further enhanced a fine weekend for champion breeders, Summerhill Stud, their progeny from the Mike de Kock yard, Imbongi and Bold Ellinore, having finished first and second in the Gr.2 Drill Hall Stakes over 1 400m on Friday night.
Hot Reception, ridden by Brandon Lerena, led from start to finish and displayed good cruising speed. She stayed on well when Lerena began working her just before the 300m mark and won by 0.75 lengths. Oracle News got a nice tow from Hot Reception and, had the gap between the winner and a hard-ridden Soft Landing not kept on closing in the final 400m, she might have got closer.
She showed some resolve when finally getting out and just pipped Soft Landing for second, with Ethereal Lady next best. The 15-10 favourite was the Mike de Kock-trained Rat Burana, who won the Gr1. Allan Robertson for juvenile fillies over this course and distance last season.
Rat Burana took two bumps from Royal Vision on her outside after they had jumped and after that, whether beaten for early speed or a decision made by Kevin Shea, she dropped out to last before being bought around the horses. As she began to make up ground she had to momentarily veer away from Dash Of Dynamite but even at that early 700m stage she had a mountain to climb and did well to finish sixth, about two lengths back.
Hot Reception was saddled by assistant trainer Frank Robinson and he reported that Herman Brown’s charges Jay Peg and Mourilyan, travelled well to Singapore last Friday for their big assignment in the S$3 million (R16,936 million) Gr.1 Singapore Airlines Cup on Saturday.
Extract by David Thiselton from The Mercury