All At Once finds a bit ex­tra

CRAIG ZACKEY GETS LUCKY HOUDALAKIS FILLY UP TO GRAB SWAL­LOW STAKES

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - RACING EXPRESS - Mike Moon

Sec­ond horse Mighty High gave away a mas­sive 6kg.

All At Once be­lied her name when she found some­thing ex­tra to get her nose in front on the line in the Swal­low Stakes at Turf­fontein on Satur­day.

Trainer Lucky Houdalakis’ filly re­vealed her­self to have plenty of toe and some real grit to go with it as she got the bet­ter of Grade 1 win­ner Mighty High in a stir­ring two-horse bat­tle to the line in this 1160m Listed race.

Jockey Craig Zackey gets plenty of plau­dits, too, for get­ting All At Once to dig down and rally mag­nif­i­cently after the Jo­han Janse van Vu­uren-trained Mighty High and Gavin Ler­ena had gal­loped past them with 250m to go.

It was the same 1-2 re­sult as the last time this pair of three-yearolds clashed – in an As­sess­ment Plate over the same course and dis­tance in mid-De­cem­ber. On that oc­ca­sion, All At Once came home by 0.75 lengths.

On both oc­ca­sions Mighty High was con­ced­ing a mas­sive 6kg to her ad­ver­sary and the tables might well be turned when the duo clash on more even terms.

Mighty High, win­ner of Scottsville’s Alan Robert­son Cham­pi­onship as a ju­ve­nile, started as the 16-10 favourite on Satur­day, aim­ing to land her fourth win in five ca­reer starts. All At Once, go­ing for three from four, was 3-1 sec­ond favourite.

Toby Spies-trained Mazari dashed into an early lead, with Mighty High on her heels and All At Once not far be­hind.

With 500m left to run, All At Once forged into the lead, Mighty High re­sponded and be­gan to haul in the leader. At the 100m mark, Ler­ena got his mount in front and most watch­ers reck­oned that was that. But it wasn’t, as All At Once re­fused to go away.

The win­ning mar­gin was 0.05 lengths, with 5.30 lengths back to the third horse, Blonde Vi­sion, and 7.50 lengths to the fourth, Cordillera.

By Cap­tain Al out of a Cae­sour mare, All At Once was bred at Vars­fontein Stud and sold to Stone Hill Stud at the 2017 Na­tional Two Year Old Sale. She has al­ready won three times her sale price of R80,000 and looks set to bring in a fair bit more rev­enue be­fore head­ing for the pad­docks.

Rid­ing hon­ours on the day were shared by Ray­mond Daniel­son and ap­pren­tice Luke Fer­raris, while, among the train­ers, Alec Laird and Sean Tarry had a brace each.

Pic­ture: JC Pho­to­graph­ics

ALL HEART. All At Once and Craig Zackey rally to beat Mighty High in the Listed Swal­low Stakes at Turf­fontein at the week­end.

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