More Guineas joy for Snaith with Fast Lane
Report: South Africa, Saturday
Kenilworth: Avontuur Estate Cape Fillies Guineas (Grade 1) 1m, turf, 3yof
In The Fast Lane (Justin Snaith/Richard Fourie) justified heavy market support to give Snaith his fourth Cape Fillies Guineas win in seven years and the season's leading trainer promptly dedicated victory to Nelson Mandela.
The winner was backed into 28-10 favourite (from 4-1) and Richard Fourie, who decided to return from Hong Kong earlier in the year to become Snaith's stable jockey, brought her with a sustained run to lead half a furlong out and beat 25-1 shot Lanner Falcon by a length.
The winner is owned by Andrew Cohen, who runs the Wood Hall Stud at Shenley in Hertfordshire, and Birmingham-based Tony Phillips, who until recently was boss of his own logistics business.
Snaith said: "In The Fast Lane was super impressive and she has so much scope to improve. She's good and I will now look at races like the Klawervlei Majorca on the day of the J & B Met [on February 1]. The big days are the ones I love to win on and in the meantime I want to dedicate this to a great man, Nelson Mandela."
Fourie, who also won this race for Snaith on Captain's Lover in 2007 and Sparkling Gem the following year, said: "I sat about third last early on but I was comfortable there and two and a half furlongs out I let her roll. A furlong later I let her break away and she won in fine style."
Along Came Polly returned to something like her best to take third but trainer Gavin van Zyl reckoned she could have finished closer, saying: "She was bumped leaving the stalls and then she got boxed in."