outcome flamboyantOutcome with the Winning Connections
(Photo : Gold Circle)


After twice being abandoned through inclement weather, Durban’s time-honoured New Year’s fixture, the Flamboyant Stakes (Gr.3) finally got underway yesterday.

Long remembered as a producer of top-class fillies, yesterday’s result reaffirmed the status of this weight-for-age race, when the Summerhill-bred and raised Outcome registered her 10th victory at the Greyville circuit, winning by 3 to 4 lengths.

A R150,000 Ready To Run purchase for stalwart Summerhill client, Steve Sturlese and Mike Miller, Outcome’s story is one of celebration for these fellows, and a touch of embarrassment for Mick Goss. When the hammer fell at the moment of her purchase, the Summerhill boss expressed surprise at Steve Sturlese’s enthusiasm (and hence the price he paid) for a filly which had, till then, shown little in her gallops besides a nice, easy action.

Like Imbongi, shunned by the buying public in his year at the Ready To Run, but whose action was marked by the gracious flow so often apparent in quality athletes, Grade One winner Outcome matured into one of the best of her sex in the land and in her victory in the Flamboyant, she reaffirmed her sire, Muhtafal’s proficiency as a sire of Stakes performers. Sunday’s win reclaims for Muhtafal joint top ranking among producers of Stakes winners this season, alongside his erstwhile barnmate, National Emblem.