The only way to win from a wide draw at Greyville is with an aggressive and confident ride, and brothers Robert and Bernard Fayd’Herbe hatched a plan to win Friday’s Gr2 KRA Fillies Guineas with widely drawn Santa Clara, who happens to be one of the better fillies around and was able to bring their strategy to fruition.
Robert, assistant trainer to Candice Bass-Robinson, told: “Santa Clara had the gate speed so the plan was to get ahead of (the favourite) Front and Centre so she could chase us.”
Bernard rode a peach of a race. He bounced Santa Clara out like a bolt, used her speed to race around the field and had the filly in front and on the running rail barely 100m into the race. Handy as they turned for home, Fayd’Herbe gave Santa Clara the signal and she cruised away to win as she liked.
Running on well into second place, 2.75 lengths back, was Front And Centre (3-1 second favourite), who had an even worse draw to overcome. Temple Grafin showed fight in third, a further 1.25 lengths adrift. The first three past the post were all sold at CTS Sales.
Fayd’Herbe said: “I used her a bit early, she was lost and came back to me, settling. She was breathing really nicely. After the turn Santa Clara went through horses very well. I thought I’d hit the front too early but she dug deep, won a good race.”
Santa Clara is a daughter of Drakenstein Stud’s resident stallion Duke Of Marmalade from Shina (Lomitas). A R1-million buy from the Cape Premier Sale, she has won 3 of 11 for R645,000 in stakes and is unlikely to stop here.