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Regally bred Talk Of The Town was not a cheap yearling buy, with owners Mayfair Speculators having to fork out R3 000 000 to acquire the Var colt from last year’s Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale (he was the third top lot sold from the sale).

There was, however, plenty to like about his authorative 2.75 length maiden score over 1400m at Kenilworth on Saturday and connections must be hopeful the very handsome chestnut Talk Of The Town can perhaps live up to his pedigree page-even if he did not perhaps beat the strongest maiden field around.

One of two Kenilworth winners on the day for leading sire Var, Talk Of The Town is out of the unraced Street Cry mare Street Wise, whose granddam is the outstanding Nijinsky II mare Dancing Show. The latter is granddam of the great sire Redoute’s Choice. Dancing Show is also third dam of Saturday’s G1 Myer Classic winner Shoals –safe to say this is an outstanding family!

Var is also the sire of the beautifully bred filly Vase (a half-sister to unbeaten Sun Met hope Last Winter), who made a pleasing debut on Saturday when third to paternal half-sister Saltire over 1000m.
Trained by Brett Crawford (whose 2017 Sun Met winner Whisky Baron is being pointed towards a Dubai campaign in 2018), Saltire was slow away but managed to pull out enough to beat Flower Of Carmel by a head, with Vase not disgraced back in third.

Trainers Candice Bass-Robinson and Paul Reeves both managed to saddle doubles on the day, with Bass-Robinson saddling What A Winner to a facile three and a half length maiden win in the third, and River Cam to storm home to a two and a quarter length win in race six. (Both of which were steered to victory by stable jockey Aldo Domeyer).

Reeves would win the final two races on Saturday’s card, with Akshay Balloo steering the well weighted  Saint Donan to down tote favourite Trojan Quest to win race seven, and Sunshine Lady bounding clear to give jockey Richard Fourie his own double on the day. Fourie had previously tasted success on the Glen Kotzen trained Horse Chestnut filly Star Of London in the fourth race.

Owned and bred by Peter de Beyer, Star Of London did well to win at just the second time of asking –despite having a poor draw and she could well follow up on this maiden win.

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