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Captain’s Ransom Shines In Diane Stakes Win

Trainer Justin Snaith looks to have a very exciting prospect on his hands in the form of three-year-old filly Captain’s Ransom.

The latter showed her class when mowing down some of the Cape’s top fillies and mares to land the G3 Diana Stakes (1400m) at Durbanville on Saturday.

Only once beaten in her previous three starts, Captain’s Ransom was sent off a 9-2 shot, with the filly having to take on G1 winning older rivals Clouds Unfolds (26-10 tote favourite) and Missisippi Burning (8-1), and G3 Prix du Cap/G3 Poinsettia Stakes heroine Pretty Young Thing (7-2).

However, it was longshot Icon Princess (30-1) who went out to make the running, with Clouds Unfold, Missisippi Burning racing well off the pace, with Captain’s Ransom likewise racing well off the pace.

Clouds Unfold launched a strong looking challenge 300m from home and looked a likely winner.

However, apprentice Joshwin Solomons had other ideas, and he launched Captain’s Ransom with a powerful finish, which saw the Justin Snaith trained filly nab Clouds Unfold in the shadow of the post and get up to score by a long neck.

Top weight Clouds Unfold, conceding weight to the whole field, was game in second, and finished two and a quarter lengths clear of third-place finisher Pretty Young Thing.

Bred by Moutonshoek, Captain’s Ransom took her tally of wins to three from four starts (she had won the Listed Kudex Perfect Promise Sprint last season) in a time of 83 seconds.

One of more than 100 stakes winners sired by deceased Cape Guineas winner, and multiple champion sire Captain Al (pictured), Captain’s Ransom was a R225 000 buy from the 2019 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.

Inbred to Epsom Derby winner Roberto, Captain’s Ransom is out of the unraced Red Ransom mare Cinnas Ransom, a half-sister to French G3 winner Black Rock Desert, and she hails from the family of multiple G1 winner and successful sire Slew City Slew.