Shamrock Wind Goes One Better In Ladies Mile Win

Trainer Brett Crawford made amends for a run of second place finishes in feature race company when he sent out Shamrock Wind (13-2) to land the Listed Casey Bloomberg Ladies Mile (1600m) at Kenilworth on Tuesday afternoon.

Crawford had seen his charges Ultra Magnus and Run Fox Run finish second in the G1 Golden Horse Sprint and G1 South African Fillies Sprint respectively on Saturday, and the race prior to the Ladies Mile, the Listed Stormsvlei Stakes, saw the Crawford trained Flame Tree finish second.

The best weighted horse in Tuesday’s R85 000 feature for fillies and mares, Shamrock Wind, runner up in the 2019 Ladies Mile, was making just her second start since finishing third, behind stablemates Pretty Young Thing and Front And Centre, in February’s G3 Vasco Da Gama Prix Du Cap.

Always prominent, and making the running early on, Shamrock Wind dug down deep, under a strong and well timed ride from Corne Orffer, to score by a neck) over rank longshot Midnight Moonlight (50-1), who did well to claim some black type back in second.

Midnight Moonlight, in turn, finished a short-head clear of last year’s Winter Oaks winner Duchess Of Bourbon (12-1) who took third, with the tote favourite, and stable mate to the winner, Heaven’s Embrace (7-4) finishing fourth.

The favourite had proved fractitous and unwilling to load at the start, which clearly did the Jackson filly’s cause no good.

Now a three time winner from 18 starts, Shamrock Wind (winning the first black type of her career) claimed the 2020 Ladies Mile in a time of 102.95.

Bred by Klawervlei Stud, Shamrock Wind should be an attractive stud prospect. One of 101 stakes winners sired by Klawervlei’s deceased champion sire Captain Al, Shamrock Wind is a half-sister or full-sister to 6 winners including recent G2 World Sports Betting Camellia Stakes winner Golden Belle.

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