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Trainer Brett Crawford enjoyed a memorable day at Durbanville on Wednesday, when saddling a trio of winners at the “Country Course”.
The Crawford treble included a hugely impressive debut winner in the form of Heaven’s Embrace, who powered home to post a one and a half length win first time of asking over 1400 metres.

One of two winners on the day for the combination of owners Craig and Ross Kieswetter and Ridgemont Highlands (both ridden by retained jockey Anton Marcus), Heaven’s Embrace is a filly who sports a classic pedigree.

The 3yo is the ninth winner to have emerged from the Highlands Stud bred and based Jackson, who himself was trained by Brett Crawford.

Jackson, whose daughter Water Spirit won so impressively at Durbanville last Saturday, was a superb athlete whose victories included all of the G1 Investec Cape Derby, G1 Daily News 2000 and G1 Champions Cup.
Also twice runner up in the G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, the handsome Jackson retired to Highlands having won six of 17 races (from 1600-2000m) and having earned R2 366 255 in prize money.


The blue blooded Heaven’s Embrace (whose parents won five  G1 races between them) is a half-sister to three winners notably G1 Woolavington 2000 winner Lady Of The House (also trained by Brett Crawford).

Wednesday’s debut winner was produced the Arch sired Overarching –the Equus Champion Older Female Sprinter three times. The well bred Overarching (she is a full-sister to US graded winner Temeraine) won 11 times, from 1160 to 1600m, with her victories including the 2005 G1 Horse Chestnut Stakes (beating champion males Ice Cube and Eventuail) and the 2004 G1 South African Fillies Sprint.

Overarching, out of the stakes winning Known Fact mare, is a direct descendant of multiple stakes winner Delta –USA’s Broodmare Of The Year in 1968.

Safe to say, whatever Heaven’s Embrace may achieve in the future, she is an already extremely attractive future broodmare prospect!

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