Dancer’s Daughter from Imbongi
(Gold Circle)

So Imbongi didn’t win the big one after all, but in his defence, he did everything but win. This was always going to be a mountainous task, considering he was only getting 1 ½ kgs from his elders, and he was giving away a 1kg in weight to the older imported daughter of Act One, Dancer’s Daughter. Yet his big worries in the race, Pocket Power, Our Giant and Successful Bidder were all at bay when they reached the business end, and he only had Dancer’s Daughter in front of him. She ran a fantastic race in the conditions, and chalked up her third Grade One victory, this time against the colts, and if she gets the trip, she’s going to be a runner in the Vodacom July next month.

For Imbongi’s part, he ran one helluva race, and the only excuses which might be proffered for his defeat were the rather muddling pace of the race, where there was a reluctance to take up the running; the fact he’d never been to Clairwood before and that he was going left-handed for the first time in his career; and then the question of fatigue.

This was his 12th race in 10 months, and he’s campaigned hard throughout that time, so who knows how he felt on the day. He was not quite the usual energetic and aggressive self we’ve come to know in the parade, but we took that as a sign he was relaxed, though it’s possible he’s a tad over the top. He’s in the best hands imaginable though, and they’ll read the signs soon enough if it is so.