Klawervlei Majorca Stakes

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January 27, 2018

Brilliant filly Snowdance made it four wins from just five outings when downing some high class older fillies and mares to win the G1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes, on Sun Met day, for owners Drakenstein Stud and Jack Mitchell.

The impressive bay, regarded as one of the best bets on the 13 race card, had previously romped to emphatic wins in both the G1 WSB Cape Fillies Guineas and G2 Western Cape Fillies Championship (beating subsequent G1 Paddock Stakes/Sun Met winner Oh Susanna).

Her form saw Snowdance sent off a red-hot 1-4 favourite for the R1 000 000 Majorca, a 1600m weight for age race restricted to fillies and mares.

Always stalking the leaders, the good-looking Snowdance drew off in the straight and briefly hit a flat spot before drawing away to flatter her opposition with a 1,50 length winning margin – in a time of 98,2 secs.

The Victress Stakes winner Star Express finally drew well and she stayed on gamely, ahead of a fast finishing Rose In Bloom under German visitor Martin Seidl.

Silvan Star stayed on for well for fourth and 2,10 lengths off the winner. She was the fastest finisher and ran a cracker from a wide draw.

Bred by the Cheveley Stud, and one of three G1 winners on the day for log leading trainer Justin Snaith, Snowdance was steered to victory by Grant Van Niekerk.

The Captain Al filly was a R2 000 000 purchase from the 2016 BSA National Yearling Sale.

Her Majorca win pushed Snowdance’s earnings to R1 566 000.

Snowdance is the second stakes winner produced by Joshua Dancer sired G3 Kenilworth Fillies Nursery winner Spring Lilac.

The latter is one of seven stakes winners produced by unraced Royal Academy mare Mystic Spring. Out of a full-sister to 2000 Guineas winner Mystiko, Mystic Spring is best known as the dam of Equus Champions Rabiya (by Jallad) and Bela-Bela (by Dynasty).