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Dylan's Promise wins the Umsinzi HandicapClick above to watch Dylan’s Promise winning the Umsinzi Handicap
(Image and Footage : Tellytrack)

Clairwood, Turf, 1800m
3 March 2013

Summerhill Ready To Run graduate, Dylan’s Promise (AUS) (Dylan Thomas - Madonna), gave her elders a galloping lesson when leading all the way to win the R120,000 Umsinzi Handicap run over 1800m at Clairwood on Sunday.

Jockey Kevin Shea rode a confident race and said that he knew he had the non black type race won at the top of the straight already. The win capped a rewarding day for trainer Charles Laird, who registered four winners on the afternoon.

In a nine horse field with no obvious pacemaker in the play, Shea had no hesitation in leading the bunch at a relaxed gallop from the jump. The pair led Red Book and Awesome Beauty with Polar Jet and Saucy Savannah further back as they went into the turn. Turning for home, Shea slipped a three length lead as very little appeared to be making up ground behind him and his mount continued to gallop resolutely, as the Mike Bass mare Shimmering Jet tried to make an impression. Inside the 200m marker it was patently obvious that they were not going to catch the leader and Dylan’s Promise won going away in a time of 109,89 secs.

The 3-year-old beat Shimmering Jet by 3 lengths, while Red Book stayed on well for third after being prominent for most of the journey.

Winning jockey Kevin Shea said that Dylan’s Promise had impressed him and that she had been going well thoughout the race

Trainer Charles Laird said that he had always felt she would be best as a 4-year-old and a Natal Oaks type filly. He said that she would be travelling to Gauteng this week for the Grade 1 SA Fillies Classic at the end of March.

Dylan’s Promise is by Dylan Thomas out of the Group winning Rigoletto mare, Madonna, and was consigned by Summerhill Stud to the 2011 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale. This win takes her career record to 4 wins and 3 places from 10 starts, with earnings of R306,340.

Umsinzi Handicap (Non-Black Type)
Final Results

# LBH Horse Kg MR Dr Jockey Trainer
1 0.00 DYLAN’S PROMISE (AUS) 54.0 85 9 K Shea Charles Laird
2 3.00 SHIMMERING JET 55.5 79 6 C Orffer Mike Bass
3 3.10 RED BOOK 55.0 78 5 B Jacobson Gavin van Zyl
4 3.35 BLACK IS BLACK 60.0 88 3 M Odendaal Alistair Gordon
5 4.10 MISTY MORN 55.5 78 2 *D Dillon Duncan Howells
6 4.20 AWESOME BEAUTY 57.0 82 1 A Marcus Wayne Badenhorst
7 5.20 KEEP ON DREAMING 60.0 88 7 W Kennedy Kumaran Naidoo
8 5.45 SAUCY SAVANNAH 59.0 86 4 A Delpech Mike de Kock
9 9.45 POLAR JET 52.0 60 8 *M Ntuli Greg & Karen Anthony

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