Trainer Mike Stewart and Richard Fourie have had plenty of success together over the years, and the pair combined with temperamental filly It Is What It Is to score a memorable win at Durbanville on Tuesday.
A four-year-old daughter of Count Dubois, It Is What It Is was making a quick return to the track having finished 12th of 14 over1000m at Kenilworth on Saturday.
A return to the country course, however, paid dividends for the filly and her connections, with Fourie riding a canny race from the front.
The pair kept finding more to eventually land Tuesday’s Tellytrack.Com FM 77 handicap over 1000m by 1.75 lengths from tote favourite Velvet Dawn –who was attempting to give trainer Paddy Kruyer his third win on the card.
It Is What It Is was described by her connections in the post-race interview as a tempermental sort, with winning trainer describing the filly as a “typical female”. Her win was a tremendous credit to Mike Stewart, who did well to get her back to winning ways after a near lengthy absence from the winners enclosure- with It Is What It Is’ previous win having come in November 2017.
She was one of two winners on the card for Fourie, who also scored aboard the Snaith trained Gimmetherain in Tuesday’s second race.
Dispatched the 16-10 tote favourite, Gimmetherain rocketed home down the inside to get up and score his third career victory by a convincing two lengths.
A really well bred sort, the Klawervlei Stud bred Gimmetherain (whose G3 winning dam is a half-sister to Australian dual G1 winner Srikandi) was one of three winners on Tuesday’s card sired by former G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winner Gimmethegreenlight. (Gimme Gimme Gimme (race) and Gimme Peace (race seven) being the others.
Gimmetherain’s stable also sent out a promising first-timer on Tuesday in the form of Bayberry. A gelded son of Flower Alley from the same family as Epsom classic winners Generous and Imagine, the 2yo Bayberry (sent off tote favourite) was green in running but ran on once the race was over to claim third spot in a maiden plate over 1250m –clearly a trip short of his best!