GRADE 1 REVIEW : 2019-2020 RACING SEASON

G1 World Sports Betting Cape Fillies Guineas

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December 14, 2019
MISSISIPPI BURNING (Captain Al)

The diminutive Missisippi Burning provided trainer Adam Marcus and jockey Craig Zackey with a memorable graded race double at Kenilworth on Saturday when running out a brilliant winner of the G1 World Sports Betting Cape Fillies Guineas (1600m) –the first G1 race of the 2019-2020 Cape Summer Season.

Marcus and Zackey had teamed up earlier in the day to win the G2 WSB Green Point Stakes with the exciting Var gelding Vardy, and Missisippi Burning added further gloss to their memorable Saturday.

The inform Brett Crawford yard, victorious in last year’s Cape Fillies Guineas with Front And Centre, sent out three runners in Saturday’s R1 0000 Cape Fillies Guineas including the five-timer seeking Kelpie, and it was that filly who was sent off tote favourite for what looked a wide open race.

Kelpie’s poorly drawn stablemate Pretty Young Thing went out to make the running, as recent G2 Western Cape Fillies Championship winner Third Runway pulled hard early and proved difficult to settle.

Pretty Young Thing, second to Third Runway last time out, kept galloping with 200m out, but Craig Zackey bought Missisippi Burning with a powerful run down the inside, and that Mario Ferreira owned filly burst through close home to power clear to record a visually impressive three length win.

The Eric Sands trained Driving Miss Daisy ran on strongly for second place, with that Master Of My Fate daughter finishing a long neck clear of Third Runway who took third –despite proving a difficult ride for jockey Morne Winaar. Driving Miss Daisy’s stablemate Laurentina provided Sands with more prize money by staying on fourth spot, as the front running Pretty Young Thing weakened out of contention to finish seventh.

The winner, a 22-1 shot, claimed the R625 000 first prize in a time of 100.33, and Missisippi Burning has now won four of seven starts and her win on Saturday was the filly’s third in a row.

Bred by the Rathmor Stud, Missisippi Burning was a R380 000 buy from the 2018 National Yearling Sale.

Missisppi Burning as a foal, image: Rathmor Stud

Missisppi Burning as a foal, image: Rathmor Stud

She is the third daughter of deceased champion South African sire Captain Al to win the Cape Fillies Guineas following Captain’s Lover (2007) and Snowdance (2017).

The well related filly is out of the stakes placed Hussonet mare Spitfire Lady, a half-sister to G3 Norman Robinson Stakes winner Sabrage and she hails from the same family as G1 New Zealand One Thousand Guineas queen Planet Rock.

Main Image: Chase Liebenberg Designs