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The Garth Miller and Basil Nelson owned Canukeepitsecret showed her class in no uncertain terms when romping home at a chilly Durbanville racecourse on Tuesday.
A regally bred 3yo Captain Al filly, the Vaughan Marshall trained sophomore was ridden for a first time by Richard Fourie- her regular partner MJ Byleveld on the sidelines until 2019.

Canukeepitsecret, making her first start since an unplaced effort (she was drawn 11 of 14 on that occasion) in July’s G2 Golden Slipper, dropped early in running but produced a blistering turn of foot to mow down her five rivals and score an emphatic 2.75 length win. The filly, fourth two starts back in the G1 Allan Robertson Fillies Championship, is now unbeaten in two starts at Durbanville and looks a likely contender for upcoming Cape Summer Season features.

Impressive debut winner Helen’s Ideal, who finished second to Canukeepitsecret despite hanging all over the course, returned blowing severely after Tuesday’s FM 81 handicap over 1250m.

Canukeepitsecret’s connections will, no doubt, be hoping their filly can follow in the footsteps of her illustrious G1 winning full-sisters All Is Secret and The Secret Is Out. The latter, voted Cape Racing’s Champion Older Female for 2017-2018, has been retired and visits Twice Over this year.

Trainer Candice Bass-Robinson sent out the well bred Gimme London to make a winning debut in Tuesday’s first race, a maiden plate for fillies and mares over 1250m. The daughter of L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winner Gimmethegreenlight stayed on gamely to outpoint the more experienced Skye Lane and make a winning debut by a neck. Quietly supported from 41-10 into 26-10, Gimme London took advantage of a poor run from the tote favourite Mumtaz to provide her jockey Aldo Domeyer with a first leg of a winning treble.

Domeyer also picked up a winning ride in Tuesday’s second race, when he steered the Michael Robinson trained Forty Days home to shed his maiden over

Forty Days was originally carded to be ridden by Saturday’s Sophomore Sprint winning jockey Bernard Fayd’Herbe but the latter was unable to make the weights for Tuesday’s race and was duly fined R2 000 as a result.

The third leg of the Domeyer treble came in race seven when the in-form hoop booted home the Piet Steyn trained In The Jungle to score an apt win in the Jockey Chase-6 October Durbanville MR 68 handicap (the winning rider having long since dominated that Jockey spectacle!)

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