Classic Illusion - Flamboyant Stakes (Grade 3) / Gold Circle (p)
FLAMBOYANT STAKES (Grade 3)
Greyville, Turf, 1600m
3 January 2014
The performance by the raiding Gary Alexander stable’s Classic Illusion to win the Grade 3 Flamboyant Stakes over 1600m was the highlight of racing at Greyville on Friday evening. S’manga Khumalo rode a copybook race on the popular mare.
Only eleven ladies lined up to contest the feature after Lady Tatty was withdrawn prior to the start for reason that she was not striding out.
The longshot Chestnut Model was quickly out and she led a rush with Keagan De Melo getting Danseuse across from her wide post to run handily.
Kevin Shea did not enjoy a cheery evening at the office and his mount Orange Blossom was checked and forced wide at about the 1200m marker. This put paid to whatever winning chance she had.
Going around the bend Chestnut Model led Danseuse and Flitter, with Classic Illusion tucked in comfortably about five lengths off.
Into the home run Chestnut Model continued to lead but it was apparent that Khumalo knew what he had under him and he switched Classic Illusion out for a clear run to the line.
With only Murmering Sky in sight, Classic Illusion galloped powerfully and won going away by 2 lengths in a time of 96,64 secs.
Murmering Sky ran on well for second, just ahead of the luckless Orange Blossom, with Blouberg Beach making good ground for fourth.
Classic Illusion, owned by Jo and Bruce Gardner, Myron Berzack, Kirk Michael and Greg Sadie, was bred by Summerhill Stud and is by Kahal out of Arthur and Vynette van der Heijden’s Jallad mare, Class Will Sell.
A R200,000 National Yearling Sale graduate, Classic Illusion has now won 5 races with 10 places from 27 starts and took her earnings to R466,325.