Speedpoint, who appeared to be doomed to the role of perennial bridesmaid to most of the top sprinters in the country, finally collected his first well-deserved Listed prize when he captured the R150,000 Southeaster Sprint over 1000m at Kenilworth.
From the day he first went to the track, Speedpoint has had to face leading speed horses like Dutch Philip, Bold Respect, Attenborough and Sea And Sand – a length or two inferior every time, but the Southeaster was a race well picked by trainer Joey Ramsden, who finally cracked it with the consistent four-year-old colt.
It’s taken Speedpoint all of sixteen runs to post this feature win on a day his merit rating was on the right mark and he was presented in top condition in a competitive race which saw all of his old rivals in the line-up, including Dutch Philip, Search Party, Bishop’s Bounty, Tevez, Sir Frenchie and Valbonne.
Speedpoint also had the best available assistance from the saddle in Champion jockey Lyle Hewitson, who produced him with a well-timed run over the last 150m. They came from a few lengths off, finished best and got away in the closing stages from Pacific Trader, who tried hard, and Dutch Philip. The first three are graduates of CTS auctions.
“We have been waiting a long time for a winner ridden by Lyle Hewitson,” commented Brian Finch, who paid R700,000 for Speedpoint at the CTS 2016 Select Yearling Sale and races the colt with his wife Kathy.
“A smashing colt, he’s such a gem,” said Ramsden of Speedpoint, a son of VAR and Cash Register, who has now won 3 races with 8 places from 16 starts for stakes of R653 950.