Crawford Blitzes Prix Du Cap Field

Trainer Brett Crawford pulled off a notable feat, when he saddled the first three past the post in the G3 Vasco Da Gama Prix Du Cap (1400m) at Kenilworth racecourse on Saturday.

Crawford’s charges Pretty Young Thing (29-4), Front And Centre (57-20), and Shamrock Wind (330-1) finished 1-2-3 to give their Philippi based trainer a complete whitewash of Saturday’s R200 000 contest for fillies and mares.

Former G1 World Sports Betting Cape Fillies Guineas winner Front And Centre appeared to be the class act in Saturday’s 13 horse field, and the well bred Dynasty daughter was duly sent off a well backed 57-20 tote favourite under jockey Anton Marcus.

Longshot Helen’s Ideal, as is her wont, went out to make the running, with the eventual winner Pretty Young Thing settling just off the front runner.

Helen’s Ideal quickly folded when the field turned for home, and the Greg Cheyne ridden Pretty Young Thing was left in front a long way out.
However, the Ridgemont owned three-year-old showed no signs of stopping, and Pretty Young Thing stormed home to collect the first graded win of her career by three and a half lengths, with the favourite running on late to take second place.

Front And Centre, in turn, finished three-parts of a length clear of stablemate, and third placegetter, Shamrock Wind, with Golden Chance (86.39).

A first graded stakes winner for Ridgemonts’ triple G1 winning sire Jackson, Pretty Young Thing stopped the clock in a time of 86.39.

The 2020 Prix du Cap was also a feather in the cap of Ridgemont’s deceased top sire Dynasty, the sire of Jackson, Front And Centre and Golden Chance.

Pretty Young Thing, who had just 53.5kgs on her back and who once again pulled a poor draw for Saturday’s race, has now won four of just nine starts, with the talented filly having finished second earlier in the season in the G2 Western Cape Fillies Championship.

Out of the Commands mare Nona In Command, whose two wins included a triumph in the Listed Swallow Stakes, Pretty Young Thing hails from the same family as champion sire Centaine and outstanding producer Procrastinate, among others.