Odds-on Dancer’s Daughter eclipsed
Report: South Africa, Saturday
Kenilworth: Paddock Stakes (Grade 1) 1m1f, turf
DANCER'S DAUGHTER, starting at an almost unbackable 1-4, could manage only a lacklustre third to 15-1 shock Emblem Of Liberty (Geoff Woodruff/Greg Cheyne).
Pocket Power's arch-rival after dead-heating with the champ in last year's Durban July, the British-bred grey, a daughter of Act One, had only one behind her turning for home.
Although she quickened when Bernard Fayd'herbe asked her, she did not do so with her usual surge and at the line she was still a head and half a length behind the winner and River Jetez.
Bitterly disappointed trainer Justin Snaith said: "There is something wrong - she's never run as badly as that.
"I am going to get her checked out. It's nothing physical so it must be a lung infection or something like that."
The winner is part-owned by Cheyne's wife Claire and is trained by five-times champion Geoff Woodruff, who said that this was the one South African Grade 1 race he had never won.
The former Kent-based amateur rider added: "I thought we had no chance with Dancer's Daughter but my motto is ‘never run away from one horse.'"