Aga Heat a cool runner

- Racing Editor

Aga Heat took a major step up in class last time out when contesting the Listed Class A Gardenia Stakes over 1000m on the Turffontei­n Standside track.

Although finishing ninth in a field of 14, she was only 4.5-lengths behind winner Bella Chica.

Also in the field that day was Big Burn, a Group 2 and Group 3 winner.

Today, Aga Heat takes to the Vaal track again in Race 7, a Class B Graduation Plate for fillies and mares over 1200m, where she is bound to record a third career win in nine starts.

Trained by Gavin van Zyl, this four-year-old daughter of What A Winter has been commuting between KwaZulu-Natal and the Highveld – with equal success at both sea level and at an altitude of about 1430m above sea level – where she scored her two respective wins.

Apart from her two victories, she has also placed on four occasions, a testament to her consistenc­y.

The biggest danger seems to be In The Beginning, trained by Joe Soma, who scored an impressive victory on debut over 1160m at Turffontei­n.

Soma must surely be very confident in this Captain Of All filly after her debut to jump her up to this level second time out.

It is interestin­g to note that In The Beginning beat hard-knocking Mighty Goddess, who was rated at 92 after running close-up to Feather Boa and Maharanee when still a juvenile.

Feather Boa is now a Non-Black Type winner while Maharanee has tasted success at Grade 2 level.

Johan Janse van Vuuren’s Glittering Girl is another filly with claims.

Also a winner on debut, she then went on to run second in the Grade 1 Allan Robertson Championsh­ip for juvenile fillies over 1200m at Scottsvill­e.

Now under the care of Janse van Vuuren after moving from the retired Paul Peter’s outfit, she must be regarded serious contender despite not having seen a track for 82 days.

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