MEGAN ROMEYN - Before the amazing win by Outcome in the Garden Province Stakes (Gr.1) on July Day this last weekend, another daughter of Summerhill super sire, Muhtafal, came heart-breakingly close to capturing the Merit Rated 86 Handicap over 1600m. Prize Flower, a graduate of the 2006 Ready To Run out of the Northern Guest mare, Dahlia’s Guest, was bred on the farm by our long-time friend and prolific correspondent, Judge Alan Magid. Prize Flower gave a convincing performance only to be denied the laurels in the last 100 metres by a storming Cape Town.
After the thrilling dead-heat between Pocket Power and Dancer’s Daughter in the Vodacom Durban July (Gr.1), and the surprising result in the Garden Province Stakes (Gr.1), we thought the day’s racing couldn’t get much better, but it did!!
Another of Muhtafal’s progeny, Battlestar Express out of the National Assembly mare, National Empress, scored victory in the last race on the Greyville card.
Running in the Open Merit Rated Handicap over 1000m, Battlestar Express showed good early pace, keeping the rest of the field in his sight. Although Always A Pleasure and Garden Princess had taken up the running in the straight, Battlestar Express moved up a gear and ran away cleanly to record his 4thDante’s Inferno and hard working career win by just over a length from the rapidly advancing Garden Princess.
As they say – what a day!