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Willow Magic Off The Mark

The Summerhill Stud based Willow Magic was responsible for his first winner, when two-year-old Dubawi Princess got off the mark at Turffontein on Saturday.

Trained, like her sire, by Sean Tarry, the Klawervlei Stud bred Dubawi Princess had been second to unbeaten filly Miracle Flight in a juvenile plate for fillies last time out and this form duly saw the filly dispatched as the 9-10 tote favourite for Saturday’s TAB Pays The Full Dividend, No Limits Maiden Juvenile Plate (fillies) (1160m).

Under the inform Luke Ferraris, Dubawi Princess skipped clear of her rivals to register a comprehensive two and a quarter length, with the apprentice ridden Ululate (Ideal World) back in second, and War Of Athena (Act Of War) 3.5 lengths off the winner in third spot.

Dubawi Princess, who was making her third start in Saturday’s race, claimed her first win in a time of 69.79.

A R320 000 buy from last year’s National Yearling Sale, Dubawi Princess is out of the winning King Of Kings mare Millenium Reign, a daughter of G3 Steinhoff Magnolia Handicap winner Lee Danzig.

Her sire Willow Magic, one of more than 40 G1 winners sired by Darley’s remarkable Dubawi, was a top-class and versatile racehorse.

The handsome chestnut, who earned R1 632 725 during his career, won or placed in 14 of 20 outings, with Willow Magic landing both the 2013 G1 SA Nursery (where he beat subsequent G1 Mercury Sprint winner Red Ray by 1.75 lengths) and G2 Dingaans.

Images: Dubawi Princess, JC Photographics. Willow Magic, Candiese Lenferna