After Santa Clara’s impressive victory in the KRA Fillies Guineas at Greyville on Friday, Bernard Fayd’herbe again showed his value when he grabbed the advantage halfway down the straight on Candice Bass-Robinson’s 2018 Gr3 Champagne Stakes winner Freedom Charter, who ran on powerfully to win the Gr3 Poinsettia Stakes by 1.10 lengths.
Glen Kotzen’s Elusive Heart made it a profitable race for stallion Elusive Fort and winning breeder and part owner Peter de Beyer when she stayed on for second.
Fayd’Herbe commented: “Freedom Charter is a real honest, hard knocking filly. We considered her only 80% fit so I gave her a breather after the jump but we were in a good position near the rail. In the straight I set her alight. She hovered just a bit, then took off and won well.
Assistant trainer Robert Fayd’Herbe said: “The rain set us back, I thought Freedom Charter would need the run but she’s a filly that tries hard, she’s getting better. Well done to Peter Beyer, the other owners and stallion Elusive Fort.
Freedom Charter is a daughter of Elusive Fort (Fort Wood) out of the once winning Captain Al mare, Betty Burke. A R275 000 Cape Premier Yearling Sale purchase, she has won 4 races with 8 places from 20 starts for stakes of R577 225.