Bright fu­ture for Lady In Black

The Star Early Edition - - RACING - DAVID THISELTON

DEN­NIS Drier looks to have a bright clas­sic sea­son ahead of him as his Grade 1 Thek­wini win­ner Lady In Black looks as spe­cial as his Grade 1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medal­lion win­ner Sand And Sea. Just about ev­ery­thing which could have gone wrong in the run­ning for Lady In Black went wrong for her on Sun­day.

She was bowled a cou­ple of times when at­tempt­ing to slot in from a wide draw and was ul­ti­mately trapped wide through­out.

She then took two nasty bumps at the top of the straight and was later found to have been cut into too.

Yet she still man­aged to stay on best of all to win by half-a-length and re­main un­beaten in three starts.

Drier was full of praise for the filly and also for jockey Sean Veale.

He said, “I ob­vi­ously didn’t think it was go­ing well for her.

“I think what won her the race was Sean didn’t panic and chase, but just sat and waited.

“Then when S’Manga (Khu­malo) pulled his horse out at the top of the straight and gave her two nasty bumps Sean once again didn’t panic and just held her to­gether un­til she could get back into her rhythm.

“She also showed tremen­dous guts and courage and, of course, abil­ity.”

She is by Dy­nasty out of the Jet Master mare Mystery Dame, who won five times from 1 400-1 800m and was twice Grade 3 placed.

Mystery Dame

Mystery Dame is a half-sis­ter to the Jal­lad colt Tala­hatchie, who won the Grade 1 Pre­mier’s Cham­pion Stakes, which is the male equiv­a­lent of the Thek­wini, .

Blood­stock agent John Free­man, rep­re­sent­ing own­ers Jack Mitchell and his daugh­ter Nancy, had to go to R1,1mil­lion to se­cure her at the Blood­stock South Africa Na­tional Year­ling Sales.

Drier has trained a few for the Mitchells be­fore and counted him­self most for­tu­nate to be ear­marked for this one.

Drier did not know the rea­son he was cho­sen, but per­haps it was due to him hav­ing been the trainer of the most suc­cess­ful Dy­nasty fe­male to date, Beach Beauty, who won five Grade 1s.

Lady In Black was bred by Wil­lie En­gle­brecht, who has a glit­ter­ing record as a breeder.

After being sold she was sent to Drak­en­stein Stud to be spelled.

Drier did not think she would be an “early” filly, so he turned down the of­fer to have her sent to him dur­ing the Cape Summer Sea­son, where he al­ways has a string at Phillippi train­ing cen­tre.

In­stead, Lady In Black was trans­ported to Sum­merveld to join him upon his re­turn from the Cape.

She showed she was spe­cial from day one.

He said, “She is one of those fil­lies ev­ery trainer would love to have and thank good­ness my name came out of the hat.”

How­ever, he said she is com­pletely dif­fer­ent to Beach Beauty in ev­ery­thing but tem­per­a­ment.

Beach Beauty

He said, “Beach Beauty was a small and ro­bust lit­tle horse, but Lady In Black has a lot of scope. “She has a bright fu­ture.” He added, “But in tem­per­a­ment she is ex­actly the same as Beach Beauty. Noth­ing wor­ries her.

“She is un­be­liev­able and very easy to work with.”

Drier said she had come out of her race very well, de­spite the rough race she had to en­dure.

Lady In Black will now be ear­marked for the big fil­lies races in the Cape Summer, with the Grade 1 WSB Cape Fil­lies Guineas being her chief tar­get.

The big Twice Over colt Sand And Sea, who is un­beaten in two starts, will also be head­ing for Cape Town.

Drier is con­fi­dent he will get a mile.

Drier and Veale also had two win­ners to­gether on the first day of the Gold Cup Fes­ti­val of Rac­ing on Satur­day.

In the first, a Maiden Ju­ve­nile Plate over 1600m on the turf, they won with Colour Your Dreams, who was bred by James Ar­mitage’s Sandown Stud. Ar­mitage is the nephew of Beach Beauty’s late breeder Trevor.

Drier was thrilled to wit­ness the ex­cite­ment the Phi­lan­thropist filly’s vic­tory brought to the ten en­thu­si­as­tic ladies who own her and also to the other part-owner Bobby Nor­ton, whom Drier de­scribed as “the thorn among the roses.”

In the third race, a MR 70 Hand­i­cap for fil­lies and mares over 1 000m on the poly, Drier and Veale won with Western Win­ter filly Cham­ber Maid.

She was well sup­ported in the bet­ting and is owned by for­mer Gold Cir­cle chair­man John Bescoby in part­ner­ship with for­mer Gold Cir­cle di­rec­tor Bruce Arm­strong as well as by Sally Bruss, who was the stud man­ager of the filly’s breed­ers, Lam­mer­skraal Stud.

Bescoby was of course a part-owner of Beach Beauty.

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