Trainer Brett Crawford enjoyed a weekend to remember this week, with Crawford landing all of the G1 Computaform Sprint with Pacific Trader, the G2 The Independent On Saturday Drill Hall Stakes with Undercover Agent and the Listed Somerset 1200 with Armando.
The latter, one of two winners at Kenilworth on Sunday for champion sprinter What A Winter, maintained his unbeaten record when scoring a convincing win as the 2-1 tote favourite under jockey Corne Orffer.
Armando, a four length winner on debut, made it two wins from two starts when running on down the inside to score a one length win at the expense of Captain Tatters-despite still being green in running.
Orffer said after the race, “He is a very, very smart horse and well done to the team –he looked magnificent today.”
Crawford echoed these sentiments, saying of Armando, “He is a decent horse who has been showing good work at home. Well done to (owner) Mr Ng and to Tony (Millard) in Hong Kong.”
The speedily bred Armando, a R650 000 purchase from last year’s National Yearling Sale, is out of the Yes It’s True mare Big Mona, making him a half-brother to G3 Umzimkhulu Stakes winner Fromafar.
Justin Snaith saddled the blue blooded Captain Al filly Amy Johnson to break her maiden, when scoring a narrow win in Sunday’s Listed Perfect Promise Sprint over 1200m. Third on her only previous outing, the Varsfontein Stud bred 2yo came with a late rattle to deny Drama Queen victory by the shortest of short heads.
The 2019 Perfect Promise Sprint winner is out of the stakes winning Jet Master mare Touch The Sky, a half-sister to the former Snaith trained Equus Champion Bela-Bela.
Sunday proved an excellent day for the Snaith stable, with the yard winning three of the eight races carded.
The Snaith treble included a very impressive debut win from the Kingsbarns filly Casino Queen, who defied a tardy start to run out a convincing one length winner of the last race. (Casino Queen’s sire, defunct Racing Post Trophy hero Kingsbarns, has now had four South Africa runners, two of whom have won and two of whom have been placed).
Brilliant G1 Bidvest Majorca Stakes winner Clouds Unfold showed both her class and wellbeing when downing male rivals to score a thrilling, and convincing, win in a pinnacle stakes over 1000m, giving trainer Candice Bass-Robinson the second of two wins on the day. Bass-Robinson was another trainer to enjoy a big weekend, with the July winning conditioner sending out Santa Clara and Freedom Charter to win the G2 KRA Fillies Guineas and G3 Poinsettia Stakes respectively on Friday night.