Ancestry, one of the better two-year-olds of 2016-2017, picked up his first win since June 2017 when scoring a comfortable 1.75 length victory over 2400m at Durbanville on Saturday.
Runner up in both the G1 Premiers Champion Stakes (to subsequent Cape Derby winner Eyes Wide Open) and G2 Golden Horseshoe at two, Ancestry had been third to the very progressive St Vladimir last time out, and both a step up in trip and drop in merit rating saw the Oratorio gelding finally record an overdue second career win when victorious over 2400m on Saturday.
Ancestry was one of two winners on Saturday for veteran jockey Bernard Fayd’Herbe, with Fayd’Herbe also booting home Icon Princess to win the eighth and final race for trainer Mike Stewart.
Trainer Brett Crawford and jockey Corne Orffer teamed up to win both the fourth and fifth races on Saturday, with Horse Chestnut gelding Middle Wood shedding his maiden when victorious in the fourth race, and Jackson filly Big Suze (a half-sister to the Crawford trained Fillies Guineas winner Alexis) doing likewise over 2000 metres. Big Suze did her future no harm with a thrilling last effort win on Saturday, with Orffer just getting his mount’s head down at the right time.
A wind-op proved to be the making of Spirit Festival who impressed when romping home over 1250 on Saturday to get off the mark at the eighth time of asking for Snaith Racing and owners Ralphs Racing respectively. While she may not have beaten much, there was plenty to like about the manner in which Spirit Festival dispatched her rivals to score a two and a quarter length win. The three-year-old is a Querari half-sister to the smart performer Tambalang –whose victories include the 2018 Listed Aquanaut Handicap over 2400 metres.
Saturday also saw a Central Route Trading sale take place after racing, with 2019 G3 Vasco Prix du Cap winner Rose In Bloom topping the sale when making R800 000 to the bid of Ten Einde Stud’s Stefan Moller. Moller indicated that provisionally the filly would remain in training, and would continue to be trained by Joey Ramsden.
A daughter of red hot sire Gimmethegreenlight, Rose In Bloom has won five of her 22 outings, with the four-year-old’s other notable scores including a triumph in the 2018 Gardenia Stakes.