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Candy Scores Sweet Win

The St John Gray bred, owned and trained Ronnie’s Candy once again rose to the occasion on a big race day when she stormed home to an easy win in Saturday’s G2 World Sports Betting Ipi Tombe Challenge at Turffontein racecourse.

Allowed to start an easy to back 13-2 shot for Saturday’s 1600m feature for fillies and mares, the four-year-old King Of Kings showed her mettle when easily dispatching some high-class rivals.

Unfortunately, favourite Vistula appeared to lose all chance at the start when her jockey Warren Kennedy was all but dislodged and the daughter of Ideal World never got back into contention.

Last season’s G2 Gold Bracelet winner Running Brave stormed out to the lead and went many lengths clear as her rivals let the front runner get well clear.

Ronnie’s Candy, given a well-timed ride by Luke Ferraris, powered into contention 200m out and ran on to score a 1.75 length win over Capetown Noir’s promising half-sister In The Dance (the latter was attempting to give Summer Cup winning trainer Sean Tarry a fourth feature win on the day). In The Dance in turn was a neck in front of G3 Starling Stakes runner up Wisteria Walk, with 40-1 shot Perfect Tigress taking fourth.

Now a graded stakes winner at two, three and four, Ronnie’s Candy claimed the 2019 G2 Ipi Tombe Challenge in a time of 96.86 seconds.

The filly, whose four wins from 15 starts include triumphs in both the G2 SA Fillies Nursery and G3 Starling Stakes, was sired by deceased 2000 Guineas winner King Of Kings, and she is out of the Jet Master mare Bennie Andthe Jets. Out of the unplaced Volksraad mare Franki Fourfingers, Bennie And the Jets won 3 times and ran second in the G3 Jacaranda Handicap.

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