A bit of history was made at Durbanville racecourse on Saturday, when the Justin Snaith trained Sleeping Single romped home to shed her maiden by an easy three and a quarter lengths.
Getting off the mark at the fourth time of asking, Sleeping Single simply cruised home over 1600m to win as she liked, under jockey Richard Fourie, for owners Nick Jonsson and Jack Mitchell.
One of two winners on the day for trainer Justin Snaith, the British bred filly (six months behind her contemporaries) had been third over 1600m last time out but made no mistakes on Saturday when scoring a clear cut victory.
Saturday’s winner (described by her connections as a classic type filly) was purchased by her now owners off the 2018 Central Route Trading Sale R1.8 million and looks likely to be stepped up in trip later on.
She is out of the winning Forest Wildcat mare Weekend Fling, and is as such a half-sister to G3 Killavullan Stakes winner Craftsman.
In scoring on Saturday, Sleeping Single became the very first South African winner for her brilliant sire Australia.
Now standing at Coolmore Stud for €35 000, the handsome chestnut raced just eight times, but won five including both the Epsom and Irish Derbies in 2014, and also landed the same year’s G1 Juddmonte International, over high class older rivals.
His first crop made an instant impression, with Australia’s first crop stars including dual group winner Beyond Reason and Saturday’s impressive G3 P.W. McGrath Ballysax Stakes hero Broome.
The classically bred Australia, who looks on track to becoming a really significant stallion, is a son of 2001 G1 Epsom Derby winner and outstanding stallion Galileo and the remarkable racemare Ouija Board, whose victories included a seven score in the 2004 Epsom Oaks.
Saturday also saw impressive debut wins from both Captain Tatters (Gimmethegreenlight –Lady Tatty) and Armando (What A Winter- Big Mona), with the latter particularly catching the eye when romping home by four lengths in the second race for trainer Brett Crawford and jockey Corne Orffer.