FORT Ember, the easy winner of Sunday’s Gr3 Flamboyant Stakes over 1600m at Greyville, was a shrewd R60,000 purchase for trainer Paul Peter at the CTS Ready To Run Sale in 2014.
The filly by Elusive Fort has now won 5 of 9 starts and over R455,000 in prize money for the partnership of Peter, Dr Kevin and Mrs Emmy
Backos, and Ian Levitan.
"I’m going to give Fort Ember a break now and we’ll be aiming her at the Gr1 Empress Club Stakes over 1600 during the Highveld Autumn Season in April," said Peter.
In--form apprentice Lyle Hewitson booted home two other winners on the day and with 52 winners is now firmly in 9th spot on the 2016/17 SA Jockeys Log, chasing a Top Five position.
The superb Hewitson won three Graded features within a week. He was also successful in the Gr3 Christmas Handicap at Greyville on Rikitikitana (Sean Tarry), and the Gr3 Lebelo Sprint on New Year’s Eve for Mike Azzie on Rivarine.
Rivarine, who is high up on the CTS merit log, posted a fast 55,58s for the Turffontein standside 1000m, just marginally slower than Mythical Flight’s course record of 54,96s.
Photo: Fort Ember (Gold Circle).