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The Justin Snaith trained Snowdance showed her class with a hugely impressive front running win in the G2 Western Cape Fillies Championship on Saturday and she looks the horse to beat in December’s G1 World Sports Betting Cape Fillies Guineas.

Racing for owners Drakenstein Stud and Jack Mitchell, the Cheveley Stud bred 3yo was making just the third start of her career when she lined up as a 15-1 chance in the 1400m feature.
Lack of experience, and a poor draw, however, proved no obstacle to Snowdance, who powered home to post a 4.25 length romp–handing favourite, Magical Wonderland, her first defeat (in five outings) in the process.

It was another 1.75 lengths back to third place finisher Rose In Bloom, with previous unbeaten G1 Thekwini Stakes winner and Equus Champion Lady In Black, always wide and never able to overcome a bad draw, only seventh.

Now a winner of two of her three outings, Snowdance, who had beaten third place finisher Rose In Bloom when making a winning debut last season, also ensured it was a memorable weekend for heavyweight jockey Bernard Fayd’Herbe, with Fayd’Herbe later going on to land Sunday’s Listed Sunshine Sweep Algoa Cup on Nebula.

Last season’s G3 The Debutante winner Princess Peach was scratched from the Fillies Championship after bolting the course, while runner up Magical Wonderland returned with a cut on her shin.
Snowdance, a full-sister to G2 Southern Cross Stakes runner up Victorian Secret, is out of Fillies Nursery winner Spring Lilac –a half-sister to champions Rabiya and Bela-Bela.

A R2 000 000 buy from the 2016 National Sale, Snowdance shares her deceased champion sire Captain Al with Saturday’s impressive G3 Cape Classic winner Tap O’ Noth.

The latter beat another Captain Al colt, Undercover Agent, into second when sweeping to an imperious win in the Cape Classic over 1400m, and last season’s Listed Langerman winner now looks a leading contender for the G1 Grand Parade Cape Guineas at the end of the year.

Tap O’ Noth, beaten only by subsequent Matchem winner Our Mate Art when making his seasonal debut, produced an eyecatching turn of foot to land his second feature, and trainer Vaughan Marshall must be hopeful of landing the Guineas for a second year running, with the Marshall trained William Longsword having landed the Cape Guineas last year.

The much hyped KZN visitor Billy Silver, who had won his previous two outings impressively, could only managed fifth after overracing and proving difficult to settle in his Cape debut.

Tap O’ Noth also provided his dam Wintersweet with more feature race success, with Wintersweet’s Silvano son Strathdon having landed the recent Listed Woolavington Handicap.

Snowdance was one of three winners on Saturday for the Snaith yard (whose Cot Campbell was third as tote favourite in the Cape Classic), whose Sun Met hope Copper Force downed hot favourite Table Bay in a pinnacle stakes over 1600m.

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