Val De Ra wins the South African Fillies Sprint
Val De Ra wins the South African Fillies Sprint

Click above to watch Val De Ra winning the SA Fillies Sprint (Gr1)

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SOUTH AFRICAN FILLIES SPRINT (Grade 1)

Scottsville, Turf, 1200m

28 May 2011

david thiselton
david thiselton

David Thiselton

Gold Circle The SA Fillies Sprint saw the phenomenal Dennis Drier-trained Var filly Val De Ra extend her career record to nine wins from ten starts.

Val De Ra silenced the doubters who believed she would battle to beat the likes of Covenant and Gibraltar Blue over the tough Scottsville 1200m. Jockey Stuart Randolph described the race: “She has such phenomenal gate speed and before you know it is three lengths clear without being under any duress. I knew the opposition would try and make it a tough 1200m, so I wasn’t worried when Gibraltar Blue joined me and then headed me. I bided my time but then saw her stablemate Headstrong coming, so let her go.” Val De Ra fought off Headstrong to win by 0,75 lengths with the sprint-miler Covenant running a fine third from a wide draw. Two other closers, the Justin Snaith-trained State Blue and the Sean Tarry-trained Give Me Five were next best respectively.

Pippa Mickleburgh of Avontuur Stud, the filly’s owner and breeder, was on hand to greet her superstar filly in the winner’s enclosure.

SA FILLIES SPRINT (Gr1)

Final Results

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

VAL DE RA

60.0

111

3

S Randolph

Dennis Drier

2

0.75

HEADSTRONG (IRE)

60.0

104

4

A Delpech

Mike de Kock

3

2.50

COVENANT

58.5

107

14

K Neisius

Mike Bass

4

2.60

STATE BLUE

60.0

98

5

F Coetzee

Justin Snaith

5

3.35

GIVE ME FIVE

60.0

103

6

S Khumalo

Sean Tarry

6

4.140

GIBRALTAR BLUE (IRE)

60.0

111

1

A Marcus

Mike de Kock

7

4.85

FAIR ROSALIND

58.5

98

2

M Mienie

Paul Matchett

8

6.10

ROMANTIC MOON

58.5

103

13

*JP v’d Merwe

Duncan Howells

9

6.20

CHARMING LADY

60.0

99

8

G Hatt

Dennis Drier

10

6.70

MISS TURBULENCE

60.0

105

7

B Fayd’Herbe

Weiho Marwing

11

6.80

AUTUMN GOLD

60.0

92

12

K Teetan

Sean Tarry

12

6.85

APPLE PRINCESS

60.0

93

10

G Lerena

St John Gray

13

7.10

MANA MOU

60.0

96

9

A Fortune

Sean Tarry

14

11.85

MARY LOU

60.0

103

11

R Simons

Paul Matchett

15

15.10

ROSES FOR LIZZY

60.0

98

15

M Yeni

Duncan Howells

Extract from Gold Circle

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