WHILE Markus Jooste is abroad on business and his overseas runners are starting to perform very well at courses around the world, trainer Joe Soma didn’t forget to win a first ever SA Oaks at Turffontein for Mayfair Speculators, courtesy of 381kg filly Wind Chill, a daughter of Maine Chance Farm’s stunning stallion, Silvano.
“She’s a small filly, but we loved her at the CTS Premier Sale in 2015 because she was beautifully balanced and a good walker,” Soma told Turf Talk on Sunday morning after the diminutive Wind Chill romped home by 2,50-lengths in the prestigious Gr2 marathon under Anton Marcus.
“Wind Chill was the only horse we bought at CTS that year, I’d come down to a list of two, marking her and Just Sensual, and getting one of the pair hasn’t been too bad after all! We paid R400,000 for her,” Soma said of the filly whose career earnings now stand at R825,000, more than double her purchase price.
Soma said that Wind Chill had been raced against older fillies as often as possible to mature and strengthen up. Against her own age group, she almost pulled off the Listed Oaks Trial early March from a 16 draw, going down a neck to Belle Rose and Soma said: “We were standing in the second box that day when winning trainer Mathew de Kock looked over and said, “That was a big run by your filly from that draw, we have a race on our hands in the Oaks!”
Next up for Wind Chill is the Gr1 Woolavington Stakes over 2000m at Greyville. Saturday’s easy Oaks win puts Wind Chill in a bigger league, and she could well go on from here, even one step up. Soma said: “Her best attribute is her good turn of foot, she quickens well and the Greyville 2000 should be right up her alley.”
Soma thanked Mayfair Speculators for supporting his yard. “We get a few from them every year and I am proud and privileged to be a part of their team. We’ve done well for Markus, winning the Gr1 Champions Challenge with Happy Landing, the Gr1 Summer Cup with Wagner and now the Gr2 Oaks with Wind Chill. I give Derek Brugman my short lists at the sales and Mayfair has kindly sent me some nice horses every year.”
Photo: Wind Chill. (JC Photos).