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Racing at Kenilworth on Saturday was marred by icy, winter weather, as well as the sad news that Jackie Sheehan, wife of veteran trainer Ronnie Sheehan, had passed away.
Mrs Sheehan had been ill and battling various ailments for a while time.


Star of the show at Kenilworth this past Saturday, in equine terms, was two-year-old filly Helen’s Ideal, who put up an awesome debut over 1200 metres, in conditions officially stated as soft after several days of heavy rain.
Despite being slow away and losing, the daughter of boom sire Ideal World absolutely bolted up to post a 4.75 length debut win under jockey Donovan Dillon.

She is owned by long time owner Paul Barrett in partnership with breeder Peter de Beyer.  Helen’s Ideal, whose dam Tequila Blush is by champion sire and broodmare sire Fort Wood, is a ¾ sister to talented Ideal World daughter Zante, whose six wins included the G3 Track And Ball Oaks and who was second to Hermoso Mundo in the Gold Cup.

Prominent syndicate Green Street Bloodstock were represented by their 50th winner in three years when their Mr Green Street downed 2/7 chance More Magic in Saturday’s first race over 1200m. A 14th juvenile winner for sire Gimmethegreenlight in 2017-2018, Mr Green Street had been sixth at his previous outing behind the Ronnie Sheehan trained Watch Me Dad, a runner in Saturday’s G3 Cape Of Good Hope Nursery on Saturday, at his previous appearance.

Trainer Andre Nel enjoyed the perfect result on Saturday, with his only three runners to accept all scoring in their respective races.

Nel’s first winner on the day came courtesy of Hemmingway, with that tricky Silvano 3yo making much of the running to land Saturday’s fifth race, a MR 84 handicap, under Robert Khathi. Out of the former Plattner raced Southern Cross winner Nothing But Silk, Hemmingway has now

Another high class Plattner mare represented by a winner on Saturday was multiple champion female sprinter Joie De Grise, whose Andre Nel trained son Dalibhunga (by Var) landed the sixth race by a length and a half. Nel’s final winner on Saturday came when tiny Silvano filly East Lynne made it back to back wins when landing a FM 68 handicap over 1800m.

Up and coming apprentice Sandile Mbhele took his tally to 16, when scoring on both East Lynne and Victorious Captain.

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