Fairytale Win For Snatched
The Gareth Van Zyl trained filly Snatched scored a fairytale win, when the three-year-old shed her maiden at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Wednesday in emphatic fashion.
Under jockey Anton Marcus, Snatched turned the Track and Ball Gaming Maiden Plate (F&M) (1900m) into a one horse race.
Tracking the front runner Northwest Passage, Snatched challenged at the top of the straight and she pulled off to score by an impressive 2.9 lengths in Wednesday’s race.
Bred by Summerhill Stud, Snatched, benefiting from a blinker approach for Wednesday’s race, was having her first start on the polytrack, having finished sixth on her previous start.
She was purchased by Chris ‘Toffa’ Santos, with Chris picking up Wednesday’s winner for a mere R40 000 at the 2019 Ready To Tun Sale.
In a joyous turn of event, Mailos Gwalangawa, who had won a share in Thoroughbred South Africa News’ Down To Earth before an injury sidelined that filly, benefited from TSA News offering him a share in Snatched instead, which he wisely accepted.
When speaking to TSA News, Gwalangawa commented, “I entered the competition for the love of horses, it was exciting and challenging as it helped me to understand and study the pedigrees of horses.”
“It’s really exciting that I did enter the competition and see the results by winning this beautiful filly, on top of that a good one after three starts she is out of maiden’s and looks promising.”
Snatched, who was making just her third start on Wednesday, races for the Purple Kingdom Syndicate (nom. Ulveen Naidoo), in partnership with the aforementioned Mailos, as well as Messrs Bhagwandin, Jacobi & Squance.
The syndicate is a truly international one, with owners hailing from all of Australia, Germany, Mauritius and South Africa – with Snatched’s win underlining the strength of racing syndicates and international participation.
She is a daughter of the very promising Cape Guineas winner Act Of War, whose early winners include the top-class filly War Of Athena as well as the stakes placed Stella Act.
Snatched, a half-sister to the stakes placed Bated Breath, is out of the winning Rambo Dancer mare Ransom, who is from the same family as G1 SA Nursery winner Glitter.
Images: Candiese Lenferna Photography