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Caya Coco Makes All To Win In Irridescence

Fresh off landing Saturday’s G1 Jonsson Workwear Garden Province Stakes with Temple Grafin, trainer Glen Kotzen enjoyed more feature race success the following day when his charge Caya Coco scored a front running win in the Listed Prince Florimund Irridescence Stakes (1500m).

Captain’s Ransom, a winner of her first two starts including the Listed Kudex Perfect Promise, was all the rage to maintain her unbeaten record and was sent off an 8-10 tote favourite to provide July winning trainer Justin Snaith with another feature race win.

However, Caya Coco (4-1) overturned the favourite, with a courageous all the way win, under jockey Morne Winaar.

Winaar took his filly to the front, and the Ndoro Stud-bred filly stayed there. The favourite Captain’s Ransom took off close home, but Caya Coco pulled out a little bit more to record a neck win at the expense of a fast-finishing Captain’s Ransom.

Promising Legislate filly Veronica Mars (31-40, a stablemate to Captain’s Ransom, picked up some valuable black type back in third, and she looks a useful future prospect in her own right.
Now a winner of two of her three starts, Caya Coco claimed her biggest victory to date in a time of 99.85.

The field for the Irridescence Stakes was reduced to six, following the late scratching of Zarina, who was withdrawn at the start.

A 22nd stakes winner for the Maine Chance Farms based Querari, Caya Coco is out of the Right Approach mare Atlantic Beach, a three time winning half-sister to G1 J&B Met winner Martial Eagle.

Image: Caya Coco, winning on debut, by Chase Liebenberg Designs