World Radar Scores Game Champagne Win

East Cape raider World Raider made amends for a poor previous Cape effort when she ran out a courageous winner of the G3 Robin And Lilian Brand Champagne Stakes (1200m) at Kenilworth on Sunday afternoon.

Trained by Alan Greeff, the three-year-old had won four of her six starts prior to the Champagne Stakes, and came into Sunday’s sprint off a victory in the Listed East Cape Breeders Stakes.

Second last on her only other outing at Kenilworth, World Radar picked up her first graded stakes win with a thoroughly courageous effort in the 2020 Champagne Stakes.

Under jockey Greg Cheyne (victorious on Jet Dark earlier in the afternoon), World Radar (9-2) was always up with the pace, as Phil’s Dancer (7-1) cut out the early running.

Phil’s Dancer continued to gallop 200m from home, but was met by a wall of challengers, with recent Olympic Duel Stakes winner Hello Winter Hello charging down the inside, and World Radar fighting on tenaciously down the centre of the track.

In a desperate finish, World Radar stuck her head out close home and stayed on to best a fast finishing favourite Third Runway by half a length, with the front running Phil’s Dancer another neck away in third spot.

Just three lengths separated the first six past the post.

Now a winner of five of seven starts, World Radar won the Champagne Stakes in a time of 76.78.

Bred by Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein, World Radar is the second graded stakes winner, following G2 Gagasi FM Debutante winner Montreal Mist, to have emerged from the first crop of ill-fated SA Nursery winner Soft Falling Rain.

She is one of two stakes winners, following Champion Juvenile Cup winner Kimberley Star, produced by the winning Strike Smartly mare Advance Warning.