Brilliant filly Snowdance received a handsome boost to her formline, when Oh Susanna, second to Snowdance in the G1 WSB Cape Fillies Guineas, thrashed a field of top class older fillies and mares to win the G1 Cartier Paddock Stakes.
The 1800m Weight-For-Age contest was a boom for 3yos, with 3yo fillies Oh Susanna, Lady In Black, and Fresnaye running 1-2-3 respectively.
However, it was five-year-old Nother Russia who was dispatched the 22-10 favourite, with the chestnut bidding to emulate her dam Mother Russia, who had won the Paddock Stakes in 2010. There was also support for Oh Susanna, as well as former Fillies Guineas winner Gimme Six.
Jockey Grant Van Niekerk had Oh Susanna in a more prominent position than usual and the pair tracked Goodtime Gal and Star Express into the home straight.
Van Niekerk, who is riding with vastly improved confidence after a mostly forgettable year of ups and downs in 2017, was quick to send his mount into the lead at the 350m.
The move proved decisive and grabbed important ground on his rivals – and it was left to Dennis Drier’s Gr1 winner Lady In Black to chase them home, just 1,50 lengths in arrears. Fresnaye picked up some valuable black type back in third, finishing a short-head clear of Nother Russia.
Winning trainer Justin Snaith, enjoying a dream season, said after the win, “She overraced so it was a win full of merit. What a fantastic pedigree – and now what a valuable filly. Grant has a quirk but horses run for him. He is a great young rider.”
Oh Susanna, who provided her rider with a second win in the Paddock Stakes, won the R1 000 000 feature in a time of 111.46
The 2018 Paddock Stakes was a great result for Drakenstein Stud, who bred and own Oh Susanna and third place finisher Fresnaye.
Oh Susanna is one of 201 G1 winners for Darley’s late sire Street Cry, whose other notable daughters include the champions Winx and Zenyatta.
The 3yo was produced by Touch Gold mare Sharp Susan, whose six wins included the 2007 G2 Lake Placid Stakes. Sharp Susan, who was produced by the Dynaformer mare Winter’s Gone, is a half-sister to the G1 winners Spring At Last (Donn Handicap) and Sharp Lisa (Las Virgenes Stakes).
Oh Susanna qualified for a berth in the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf with her Paddock Stakes win.