SWEET CHESTNUT STAKES (Listed)
Kenilworth, Turf, 1400m
5 May 2013
Grade 1 winner Blueridge Mountain lived up to her big reputation and prohibitive starting price when cruising in to win the R125,000 Listed Sweet Chestnut Stakes run over 1400m at Kenilworth on Sunday. The 3-year-old chestnut flyer looks a worldbeater, and left her opposition for dead.
Export red tape has stymied the planned efforts of the Markus Jooste team to continue Blueridge Mountain’s racing career in the United States, and she is part of the seemingly ‘never never’ travelling party that includes het stablemate and South African Horse Of The Year, Variety Club, and the Glen Kotzen star filly Princess Victoria. The Yanks loss is our gain for now though, and the manner of her win on Sunday spoke of plenty more to come.
On the level weight terms of this first leg of the female Cape Winter Series, Blueridge Mountain should have won, and she duly confirmed everything we imagined and already knew by leading from the jump and extending clear in the home run, to win as she liked. Anton Marcus rode the first leg of his Cape feature double, but frankly the worst jockey on earth would have struggled to lose this on a filly that is patently superior to most of her age group over the trip. Blueridge Mountain won by 3,50 lengths in a time of 87,50 secs. She beat Justin Snaith’s filly Captainofmysoul, while the Mike Bass-trained Fly By Night ran a promising third at her first try beyond 1200m.
Winning trainer Joey Ramsden admitted a measure of tongue in cheek greed by running his charge in this event. “She is a top filly and this was just too good an opportunity to pass by,” he said.
Blueridge Mountain is by the Coolmore Storm Cat stallion, Giant’s Causeway. She was consigned by Summerhill Stud to the 2011 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale where she fetched R2million. She has now won 5 races with 2 places from her 8 starts for earnings of R656,550 and will hopefully get the opportunity to boost that figure with some foreign currency in time to come.