Red letter day for freshman Jazz
Capla Dancer's 66-1 shock gets Ballyhane sire on the scoreboard
Odds of 66-1 did not suggest that Capla Dancer could have been showing a great deal of precocity in preparing for her debut at Ripon on Thursday, but she proved ready, willing and able enough to win the second division of the Nags Head Pickhill EBF Novice Stakes - and, in the process, to get her sire Red Jazz off the mark with his eighth runner.
Capla Dancer broke smartly and the race was only ever between her and the runner-up, the pair pulling clear as she prevailed by a neck. Trained by Karl Burke, the filly is the second foal of an Iffraaj mare, Greatest Dancer, a modest winner herself but half-sister to half a dozen other scorers including Donncha, recently third in the Lincoln.
Capla Dancer was consigned to the Goffs Sportsmans Sale last September by Ballyhane Stud, the residence of her sire, and picked up for just €6,500 by BBA Ireland.
Standing at €4,000, Red Jazz is entitled to benefit from the poignant vogue for Scat Daddy, whose premature death has robbed their sire Johannesburg of an outstanding heir. A hardy campaigner for Charles Hills, Red Jazz contested 32 races over five seasons, enjoying his finest hour in 2010 when winning the Group 2 Challenge Stakes at Newmarket. On his previous start he had made the frame in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.
Red Jazz was subject of brisk commercial turnover at the yearling sales, 81 out of 85 catalogued changing hands at a median of 9,629gns, crowned by a 125,000gns colt sold to Shadwell in Tattersalls Book 2.