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A large crowd turned up to attend the Horses For Causes raceday, which took part at Kenilworth on Saturday.

On the track itself a number of horses put up performances to suggest they could be worth following over the season.
Perhaps the most impressive was pricey purchase Dynasty’s Blossom, who quickened up smartly off a slow pace to outclass some smart older rivals in a FM 80 handicap over 2000 metres.
The consistent three-year-old, who beat another Dynasty filly, Baroness Mary, into second place, barely had to be ridden out to win as she liked by1.25 lengths and the former Investec Cape Derby entrant could be well worth following.

Assistant trainer Ricardo Sobotker suggested after the win, the filly had a bright future ahead of her and that blinkers were not necessarily the key to her improvement.

Dynasty’s Blossom, who took four runs to break her maiden, has now won two of her last three outings, having run second last time out. Her win was all the more creditable as jockey Robert Khathi put up 0.5kgs overweight and cast a hind shoe in running.

The filly, the second foal out of former Final Fling winner Crimson Blossom, was the third top lot sold at the 2016 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, where she fetched a cool R4.5 million.

Trainer Vaughan Marshall is no stranger to sending out two-year-old winners, and his juvenile filly Racine was all the rage to win the first race on Saturday’s eight race card.

One of four winners over the weekend for deceased sire Sail From Seattle, Racine was backed down to start an 8-11 favourite for a maiden juvenile plate over 1000m. She had to dig down deep, however, to best another first timer in the form of the Joey Ramsden trained Au Revoir and win by three parts of a length, with Racine’s stable mate Crusade’s Promise also catching the eye back in third.

Sail From Seattle very nearly had the first two winners on the day, when his son Sailor Sam nearly caused a 44-1 shock in the second race, going down by just a neck to the well bred Var first timer Savea in a maiden juvenile plate over 1200 metres.

Brett Crawford looks to have a smart sort in the form of Bwana, who benefitted from ear-muffs to win his second race from just three starts. Owned by Fiona Carmichael and Ian Jennings, the 3yo son of Trippi is not the easiest of customers and jockey Corne Orffer did well to get the colt to hold off a late challenge from Oh Behave and win by 0.4 of a length. Orffer later described Bwana as a horse with a “strange temperament, who was a bully at home.”

Like Dynasty’s Blossom, Bwana was a pricey buy from the 2016 Premier Sale, where the Trippi colt (whose relatives include Triple Crown winner Louis The King) made R1.1 million.

Punters did not have an easy time of it on Saturday, with the hot favourites in race two and three, Frozen Tune and The Boston Rose, both going down to defeat.

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