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CLASSIC ILLUSION TRIUMPHANT IN FLAMBOYANT STAKES

Classic Illusion -  Flamboyant Stakes
Classic Illusion - Flamboyant Stakes

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Only eleven ladies lined up to contest the feature after Lady Tatty was withdrawn prior to the start for reason that she was not striding out.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.

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PREGNANT PRECEDENT PREVAILS IN FLAMBOYANT STAKES

precedent wins flamboyant stakes for paul matchett
precedent wins flamboyant stakes for paul matchett
precedent flamboyant stakes winning trophy presentation
precedent flamboyant stakes winning trophy presentation

Precedent - Flamboyant Stakes (Grade 3)

(Photos : Gold Circle)

FLAMBOYANT STAKES (Grade 3)

Scottsville, Turf, 1600m

2 January 2011 

It’s not as though there’s no precedent for it, but it’s not altogether your everyday occurrence. The victrix in yesterday’s historic Flamboyant Stakes (rerouted to Scottsville from its traditional spot at Durban’s city centre circuit, Greyville, after torrential coastal rains) was the Model Man mare, Precedent who revealed glimpses of her form of last season when she strode away comfortably in the closing stages.

You could say we might’ve expected this from a performer of her ilk, but what makes this a rare feat is the fact she’s just completed a stint at Summerhill, where she visited the court of top five sire, Kahal, and she’s now some three months pregnant. We’re lucky at Summerhill to have the training facilities to be able to do this, as Precedent came back from Paul Matchett in early September. She was given a four week break, put back into work until she was approaching her 40th day of pregnancy, and then back she went to Johannesburg for the Spring features. A touch short of condition in her first couple of starts, there was a concern she may have decided her second career had taken precedence over her first, but on yesterday’s showing, she’s right back to her best.

Full marks to her enterprising owner, German-born, Dubai-based Rupert Plersch for daring to attempt this, and just as many points to Paul Matchett for getting her back to the winner’s enclosure yesterday. Rupert is what you call a “cool dude”, as he generates his income from the sale of ice for the drying of concrete, to construction companies operating in the Middle East, though his strategic flair lies not only in that enterprise. Many will remember him as the co-owner of the top international performer, Linngari (whom he succeeded in placing at the Aga Khan’s French stud for his first two Northern Hemisphere seasons, and in securing a shuttle option to Brazil for him in a “first” co-operative venture between those two countries.

Gaps he doesn’t miss. He was on board with our stallion Stronghold, and he’s a player with A.P. Arrow and the new Zulu “battle cry”, Brave Tin Soldier.

FULL RESULTS

#

LBH

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

PRECEDENT

58.0

98

2

A Marcus

Paul Matchett

2

0.25

LADY MAGPIE

56.0

82

1

R Danielson

Alistair Gordon

3

3.25

SECRET BABE

58.0

93

8

A Forbes

Dennis Drier

4

4.00

DANCE TO THE STARS (AUS)

58.0

81

10

S Veale

Duncan Howells

5

4.10

SILENT CALL

50.0

88

9

K Zechner

Deon Visser

6

5.60

ENCHANTED KINGDOM

52.0

85

4

F Naude

Paul Peter

7

5.65

FISANI

58.0

102

3

K Latham

Mike de Kock

8

6.40

CASE STATED

58.0

95

5

S Randolph

Dennis Drier

9

9.65

CLARKIES PROMISE

58.0

93

6

*J Jordaan

Alyson Wright

10

12.40

TOUCH THE MOON (AUS)

58.0

90

13

C Orffer

Duncan Howells

11

12.65

AUTUMN GOLD

58.0

97

7

J Geroudis

Sean Tarry

12

15.90

LAVERNA

56.0

91

11

M Yeni

Mike de Kock

13

99.99

I’LL BE BACK (ARG)

54.0

80

12

A Delpech

Mike de Kock

Late Scratchings

14

0.00

JO PIPER

58.0

99

9

Dennis Drier

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STEVE STURLESE : Outcome to retire

steve sturlese outcomeSteve Sturlese and Outcome
(Summerhill Stud / Gold Circle)

Outcome, the Mike Miller-trained heroine of Sunday’s Flamboyant Stakes at Greyville, is set to retire to stud.

David Thiselton reports that following Outcome’s 10th career win, Steve Sturlese, owner of the top-class filly, has revealed that she will race until the end of July 2009 before being retired to stud, where the daughter of Muhtafal is set to offer substantial value.

This weekend’s Flamboyant Stakes scalp has added to Outcome’s runaway stakes victory in the prestigious Garden Province Stakes (Gr1) on Vodacom Durban July day last year.

Outcome is a Ready To Run graduate who was bred and raised at Summerhill for Pietermaritzburg attorney, Peter Brown, a man who’s been a  customer of the farm literally since the gates opened.

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Outcome shines in Flamboyant Stakes

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

“IT’S ALL IN THE OUTCOME: ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL”

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.