Kenilworth racegoers were treated to two top class performances at Kenilworth on Saturday, when two-year-olds Armando and Cousin Liz maintained by their unbeaten records when landing the G3 Cape Of Good Hope Nursery and G3 Kenilworth Fillies Nursery respectively.
Both horses were steered to victory by red-hot rider Bernard Fayd’Herbe, with Fayd’Herbe booting home no fewer than five winners on Saturday.
Armando, a third consecutive Cape Nursery winner for Drakenstein Stud’s rising sire star What A Winter following Dutch Philip and Clouds Unfold, showed his class when powering home to collar the front running Fearless Warrior and score a half-length win.
The Brett Crawford trained colt is now unbeaten in three starts, with Armando having scored a smooth win in the Listed Somerset 1200 prior to his Nursery victory. Connections feel the colt maybe looking for more ground, and believe their smart-looking colt is going places.
A half-brother to G3 Umzimkhulu Stakes winner Fromafar, Armando was a R650 000 buy from last year’s National Yearling Sale.
One race earlier, the pricey Cousin Liz (a R2 900 000 purchase from the 2018 National Sale) made it two wins from two starts when landing the G3 Kenilworth Fillies Nursery.
Under Fayd’Herbe, the Mario Ferreira owned two-year-old powered home to win down the inside, with runner up Mirage taking second –albeit right on the outside of the track.
The Fillies Nursery proved a race to remember for trainer Candice Bass-Robinson, who not only sent out the victorious Cousin Liz but also fourth place finisher Drama Queen.
Bass-Robinson admitted that she had battled with Cousin Liz, saying, “She is not the soundest of fillies and I had a battle getting her ready. She is just good enough, and she will now be put away.”
Remarkably both Cousin Liz, a half-sister to recent G3 Lonsdale Stirrup Cup runner up Gimme One Night, and Fillies Nursery runner up Mirage are daughters of deceased champion sire Captain Al.