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Trainer Justin Snaith recorded his third consecutive win in the Listed Woolavington Handicap, when he send out Strathdon to justify tote favouritism in Saturday’s R150 000 Durbanville feature.
In the process, the Alec and Gillian Foster bred and owned four-year-old made it three wins on the bounce.

One of two in the race for the Snaith yard (following the scratching of Francia), Strathdon was unleashed by jockey Richard Fourie with 350m left to run –and from there it was no contest.

The bay romped home to score a maiden feature race victory by two and a quarter lengths, over another progressive type in Speed Of Africa. Recent Settlers Trophy hero Red Peril never threatened to dominate Saturday’s race in the style of his Settlers’ score, and he could only finish a rather tame fifth.
Now a five time winner from just 12 outings, Strathdon looks capable of further improvement and could well be worth following in the Summer Season.

Snaith had previously won the 2400m contest with Ovidio in both 2015 and 2016.

One of 74 stakes winners sired by last season’s champion sire Silvano, Strathdon is a half-brother to last season’s Langerman winner Tap O’ Noth, who is a runner in Saturday’s G3 Cape Classic. He is also a close relative of former Guineas winner Black Arthur (a son of Silvano out of a full-sister to the dam of Strathdon).

He was one of three winners for the bang in-form Justin Snaith yard on Saturday, with the Philippi yard also sending out Fifty Cents (race five) and the impressive Dynamic Diana (race 8) to score.

Dynamic Diana, a really well bred filly (she is by Dynasty out of an AP Indy half-sister to US G1 winner Magnificent Song) caught the eye when beating older fillies over a mile on Saturday and this Tony and Julie Phillips owned 3yo, who has won or been second in all four starts, looks another bright sort for her stable.

Veteran trainer Harold Crawford scored a 16-1 surprise when saddling Ready Steady Go to make a winning debut for owner Mario Ferreira in the first race on Saturday.

A son of LQP winner and prominent young sire Gimmethegreenlight, the 3yo Ready Steady Go did well, under replacement jockey Grant Behr, to win first time out after being slow away and losing a length in the 1000m contest.

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