Grey filly Majmu (Redoute's Choice - Spontaneous) boosted an already big reputation by doddling the Grade 1 Avontuur Estate Cape Fillies Guineas at Kenilworth on Saturday.
The Australian-bred’s official winning margin was 2.50 lengths, but it was a more facile victory than that number suggests. Nearing the line, jockey Anthony Delpech geared her down after she’d cruised six lengths clear inside the final 100m.
Majmu’s task was made easier by the scratching of Cold As Ice (Western Winter), the only runner meaningfully backed to beat the Johannesburg raider. Trainer Joey Ramsden’s filly burst through the front of her pen as the field was loading and dumped jockey Bernard Fayd’Herbe on the Kenilworth turf, before cantering back to the paddock and being eliminated.
Winning trainer Mike de Kock commented afterwards that “a bit of the shine was taken off the race” by the incident and he sympathised with Ramsden.
However, there was nothing about the way Majmu sailed home to indicate she wouldn’t have won anyway. De Kock acknowledged that the daughter of Redoute’s Choice had “won very well”.
He said she would remain in Cape Town with a view to another feature outing in the summer season – in the Paddock Stakes or the J&B Met. The latter would be a tall order for a three-year-old filly, but De Kock clearly rates her well above average. He said she would eventually be exported as she was capable of winning a Group 1 race abroad.
Going off at 3-10, Majmu was among the first horses away from the 1600m stalls. Stablemate Ataab (Flying Spur) recovered from a slightly slower start and sprinted to the head of affairs to take up his appointed role as pacemaker for the big grey.
Rounding the bend, 800m from home, Ataab led from Grey Light (Tapit), Majmu, Inara (Trippi), Jet Set Go (Jet Master), Double Whammy (Judpot), Cuvee Brut (Count Dubois), Jeweller’s Joy (Trippi) and Sunset Tripp (Trippi), with 12 lengths covering the field.
Then Delpech pointed Majmu at the grandstand and eased the rein – and it was pretty much all over. “I didn’t even slap her,” said the former champion jockey. “I just let her go. She’s a very exciting filly.”
Outsider Inara (25-1) finished best of the rest, with 10-1 second favourite Double Whammy in third and Jet Set Go (12-1) in fourth.
Extract from Tab News