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Brilliant filly Oh Susanna made history when victorious in Saturday’s G1 Sun Met at Kenilworth.
The Australian bred daughter of super-sire Street Cry is the first 3yo filly to win the Met since 1902 –and she is also the first Met winner for the powerful Snaith stable.

That stable had finished second in the Met on no fewer than seven occasions, making Saturday’s win all the sweeter.

Oh Susanna, also a first Met winner for jockey Grant Van Niekerk, races for her breeders Drakenstein Stud.

Her win also paid tribute to the day’s Majorca Stakes winner Snowdance, who had beaten Oh Susanna in both the G1 WSB Cape Fillies Guineas and G2 Western Cape Fillies Championship.

Sixth early on, Oh Susanna seemed an unlikely winner, as favourite Legal Eagle powered clear in the stretch. However, the favourite seemed to falter late, as Grant Van Niekerk coaxed more out of Oh Susanna, while Last Winter flew up late to challenge. In the end, Oh Susanna prevailed by half a length from a luckless Last Winter –who had to overcome an 18 draw.

Out of G2 Lake Placid Stakes winner Sharp Susan, Oh Susanna took her earnings to R3 773 375 win with her half length win in Saturday’s R5 000 000 contest.

An international campaign could well be on the cards for runner up Last Winter, who ran the race of his life to finish a fast finishing second in the 2000m contest, beaten half a length behind the winner, who was receiving 8kgs from the lightly raced colt.
Last season’s G1 Vodacom Durban July Marinaresco made a mockery of critics who doubted his ability to run two good races in a row when he powered home strongly to finish third.

Favourite Legal Eagle, now a beaten favourite in the last three runnings of the Met,  battled to overcome his wide draw of 13 and could only finish fourth.

The Sun Met day once again proved a bonanza for log leading trainer Justin Snaith, who won five races on the card, including a treble of G1 features. Snaith not only saddled the 2018 Sun Met winner, but also sent out 1-4 shot Snowdance to prevail in the G1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes and the Normandy Stud bred Sergeant Hardy to lift the 2018 G1 Betting World Cape Flying Championship.

While Snowdance was scoring for a second time at G1 level, the gallant Sergeant Hardy (who has a history of breathing issues) was winning his first G1 race.

They also ran second in the G1 Majorca Stakes with Star Express, second in the CTS 1200 with Kasimir and second in the G1 Investec Cape Derby with Do It Again.

The Cape Flying Championship was marred by a false start, which saw Naafer and Olympian scratched, while Search Party was also later scratched after he bolted the course.

Eyes Wide Open gave jockey Richard Fourie a third win in the G1 Investec Cape Derby and trainer Glen Kotzen a second, when he won Saturday’s Cape Derby by 1.75 lengths over a fast finishing Do It Again.

The bay, who beat older rivals in the G2 Cartier Peninsula Handicap at his penultimate outing, will now be aimed at the G1 Vodacom Durban July.
He was one of two feature race winners on the day for top sire Dynasty, whose son Let It Rain won the G2 Heineken Cape Stayers-a  first G2 win for trainer Dan Katz.

Candice Bass-Robinson, whose Marinaresco ran third in the Sun Met, won the CTS 1200 for a second year running when saddling Dutch Philip and Magical Wonderland to ran 1-3 in the $500 000 contest.
The pair are both sired by champion sprinter What A Winter, who was also responsible for Saturday’s Kuda Sprint winner Agent Of Fortune.

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