Eva Eileen Upsets Stormsvlei Stakes Field

Tuesday’s Listed Winter Solstic Stormsvlei Stakes (1600m) proved a memorable one for the Ridgemont Highlands based sire Jackson, with the former G1 Investec Cape Derby winner’s daughters, Eva Eileen (25-1) and Flame Tree (9-1), filling the first two positions.

It was, however, Flame Tree’s stablemate Sing Out Loud (sired by Jackson’s own sire Dynasty) who was sent out tote favourite, with the Brett Crawford trained filly coming into Tuesday’s race for 3yo fillies off a stylish win in the Listed Kuda Sweet Chestnut Stakes at the beginning of June.

However, the favourite never threatened to play a part, with Sing Out Loud eventually only managing to finish a well beaten fourth.

Longshot Rewrite The Stars (25-1) went out to make the running, and led from Flame Tree, Bold Diva (16-1) and Favour Me (40-1), as the favourite raced well off the pace. The front runner, however, was quickly challenged by first Double Reward and then Flame Tree. The latter appeared on course to provide owners Ridgemont and trainer Brett Crawford with feature race success, before MJ Byleveld shot Eva Eileen through a narrow gap and got up to win in the shadow of the post.

Flame Tree was a neck back in second, with Drama Queen (12-1) a further length and three quarters away in third spot.

Bred by her part-owner Rick Achmat, three-year-old Eva Eileen has now won three of her ten starts, with Tuesday’s win her first black type victory.

The Patrick Kruyer trained filly, who came into Tuesday’s race off a sixth in the Sweet Chestnut Stakes, took her earnings to R134 000 with her Stormsvlei Stakes win.

Eva Eileen is one of 3 winners produced by the two time winning Captain Al mare Captain’s Catch, with the latter also dam of Olympic Duel Stakes runner up Rush Hour Girl.