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The Maine Chance Stallion Showcase!

Querari and Vercingetorix steal the juvenile show, but Silvano was not to be undone!

As reported in TSA NEWS:

Trainer Justin Snaith dominated racing early on at Kenilworth on Saturday afternoon, with the Philippi-based trainer winning the first three races on the card.

This treble included not only the G3 Goals And Gallops Langerman, but also the Listed Tabonline.co.za Irridescence Stakes (1500m) with promising two-year-old filly Maria Querol.

The latter, a winner of her last two starts, was sent off favourite for the Irridescence Stakes and duly obliged with a professional display.

Under Langerman-winning jockey Richard Fourie, Maria Querol raced just off the front running Treasure Hunt early on.

Fourie asked his mount the question 150m from home, and Maria Querol kicked clear to score a three and a quarter length win at the expense of regally bred filly Amanzimtoti. The latter, a daughter of Trippi and five time G1 winning champion Beach Beauty, was, in turn, a head clear of fellow Trippi filly Santa Maria, who took third.

Maria Querol picked up her third win, and first black-type score, from five starts in a time of 100.41 seconds.

Maria Querol, a R225 000 buy from the 2020 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, is the 25th stakes winner for the Maine Chance Farms-based Oasis Dream horse Querari. The latter was enjoying a back-to-back Irridescence Stakes win, with Querari’s subsequent G2 winning daughter Caya Coco victorious in the 2020 Irridescence Stakes.

From the same female line as champion US sire Distorted Humor, Maria Querol is out of the Dynasty mare Maria Theresa -who won twice up to 1400 metres. She was bred in partnership by Maine Chance Farms and Coolmore.


Trainer Justin Snaith made it back to back Langerman wins when his charge Pomp And Power scored a courageous win in Saturday’s G3 Goals And Gallops Langerman (1500m) at Kenilworth -with Snaith having won the 2020 Langerman with subsequent G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winner Jet Dark.

Despite having top weight, and conceding from 2kgs to 4.5kgs to his rivals, Pomp And Power was sent off favourite for the Langerman, and he duly lived up to expectations.

The favourite’s stablemate Night Ruler went off to make the running, with Pomp And Power racing keenly early on. Jockey Richard Fourie battled to steer his mount around the turn, with Pomp And Power very green in running. However, the favourite powered into the lead 200m from home and fought out a stirring duel with promising gelding Waiting For Summer. Pomp And Power pulled out all the stops to score by half a length, with Waiting For Summer catching the eye back in second. The front running Night Ruler stayed on for third, to provide his trainer with a 1-3 finish in the Langerman of 2021.

Seventh on debut, Pomp And Power came into Saturday’s feature for two-year-olds having won his last two starts. He made it three wins from four starts in a time of 100.36 seconds, while racing on a rain-softened course.

Bred by Maine Chance Farms, Pomp And Power, a three-parts brother to triple graded stakes winner and July runner up Punta Arenas, was a R250 000 buy from the 2020 National Yearling Sale.

He is the 11th stakes winner for Maine Chance’s highly promising sire Vercingetorix, whose other flagbearers this season include G1 Gold Medallion winner Ambiorix and G1 Vodacom Durban July hopeful Rascallion.

The Candice Bass-Robinson trained Marina reiterated the fact that she is one of the most exciting fillies in training when she romped home to a dazzling win in Saturday’s World Sports Betting Listed River Jetez Stakes (2400m), the third and final leg of the Winter Series for 3yo fillies, at Kenilworth racecourse.

The three-year-old was all the rage to win Saturday’s race (formerly known as the Winter Oaks), with Marina coming into the feature off a fluent, three and a quarter length win in the Listed World Sports Betting Stormsvlei Stakes. However, even her biggest supporters will have been impressed with the style of the Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein bred Marina. Content to bring up the rear of the field, Keagan De Melo had Marina lobbying along as Pink Tourmaline set the pace.

With the front runner dropping away shortly after the field turned for home, De Melo bought Marina with a sustained late challenge, which saw the Bass-Robinson trained filly hit the front 200m from home. From there, the race turned into a procession, with De Melo scoring a hands and heels win by two and a quarter lengths, and Marina being eased down at the wire.

Katie To picked up some nice black type back in second, but was somewhat flattered by her proximity to the winner, while third place finisher Musical Glitch was nearly seven lengths off the hugely impressive winner.

Now a six-time winner from ten starts, Marina claimed her second consecutive black-type win in a time of 162.66 seconds.

Her win continued the great run enjoyed by the now pensioned Silvano, with the latter responsible for both last week’s G3 Track And Ball Derby and G2 Track And Ball Oaks winners. Out of the stakes-placed Gay Fortuna (who ran third in the Winter Oaks of her year), Marina is a full-sister to the Bass-Robinson trained July winner, and champion, Marinaresco.

Please visit www.tsanews.co.za for the full articles! Racing images by the exceptional Chase Liebenberg.

It did not stop there for Maine Chane Farms sires, as Silvano also sired a winner at Turffontein in the form of the progressive SOUND OF SUMMER who looks set to make his presence felt in the Charity Mile and Summer Cup handicap races coming up into next season. VERTIGO AGAIN was a debut winner at the track for VERCINGETORIX and the MCF bred MUFASA put in another striking display to announce himself as one of the most promising juveniles around. A good day in both provinces for MCF connections this weekend!

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