Cousin Liz, a Captain Al half-sister to recent G3 Cape Summer Stayers Handicap/G3 Heineken Chairman’s Cup hero Gimme One Night, made a big impression when romping home on debut at Kenilworth this Saturday.
The Mario Ferreira owned two-year-old was sent off a 13-15 favourite for the Itsarush.co.za Welcomes You Maiden Juvenile Plate for fillies and she duly obliged in impressive style.
Under jockey Aldo Domeyer, Cousin Liz bolted up to record a two length win on debut –and gave trainer Candice Bass-Robinson yet another two-year-old win.
The Riverton Stud bred Cousin Liz had previously made headlines at the 2018 National Yearling Sale, when she was knocked down for the staggering sum of R2 900 000!
The winning rider said after the race, “She is a really smart filly, she really impressed me today. She is loaded with ability and I am really excited with what is to come.”
The filly, who bears a striking resemblance to her sire Captain Al, was one of two winners on the card for her trainer, who sent out Nastergal, said to show exceptional work at home, to land Saturday’s sixth race for Ridgemont and Craig and Ross Kieswetter.
The latter combination also own the very exciting filly Run Fox Run, who made it two wins from as many outings when running out a ready winner of Saturday’s eighth and final race –the Next Meeting Kenilworth 16 February 2019 FM 78 Handicap over 1000m.
Sent off the 18-10 tote favourite, the Australian bred 3yo was always up with the speed and was going well in front at the 400m. Run Fox Run kept going and went away, under 2019 Met winning jockey Anton Marcus, to maintain her unbeaten record by 1.75 lengths.
A daughter of the G1 winning Foxwedge, Run Fox Run looks a smart sort in the making.
The Crawford/Marcus/Ridgemont combination looked unlucky not to win the third race on Saturday, when Australian bred first-timer Boomps A Daisy stormed home on debut to get just touched off in the Taboline.co.za Maiden Plate over 1200m. That Australian bred filly, whose dual G1 winning sire Zoustar had a stud fee of AUS$60 500 in 2018, should make amends for this defeat very soon indeed!