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CELTIC SEA SHOWS HER CLASS IN GARDEN PROVINCE STAKES WIN

Trainer Sean Tarry and jockey Lyle Hewitson teamed up for a third graded win on Saturday when the pair won the G1 Jonsson Workwear Garden Province Stakes with Celtic Sea. (The pair had previously won the G3 Betting World 2200 and G2 Durban Golden Horseshoe at Greyville).

Tarry and Hewitson had won the 2018 Garden Province Stakes with Redberry Lane, giving the pair a notable G1 double.

Always prominent, Celtic Sea tracked the front running Vistula before hitting the front 200m out and the 3yo went on to beat multiple G1 winning stablemates Oh Susanna and Snowdance by 0.9 of a length and 1.15 lengths respectively.

Dual G3 winner Temple Grafin ran on strongly to claim fourth spot – albeit three and a quarter lengths off the impressive winner.

Celtic Sea, who stamped her claim to being Equus Champion 3YO Filly of 2018-2019 with her latest win, scored her sixth win from 15 starts in a time of 96.38.

The 3yo daughter of Captain Al, who was bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein, races for owners Antony and Angela Beck.

An impressive winner of the G1 South African Fillies Sprint last time out, Celtic Sea was a R325 000 buy from the 2017 National Yearling Sale.

A half-sister to the smart Cashel Palace, Celtic Sea is out of the dual winning Mark Of Esteem mare Ireland –a half-sister to Brazilian G1 winner La Defense.

Images: Candeise Marnewick, Footage: Gold Circle