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The R5-million CTS 1200 (Non-Black Type) over 1200m at Kenilworth on Saturday became a family affair as Invidia, ridden by Aldo Domeyer for the Ashley Fortune stable, flashed up late to win from Cartel Captain and Vaseem. The first three across the wire were all bred by Klawervlei Stud.

Invidia (12-1), among the back markers for most of the race, produced a well-judged run under in-form Aldo Domeyer to secure the lion’s share of the massive prize money on offer. The official winning distance was 0.75-lengths.

This was the first winner in the Western Cape for Ashley Fortune, following 10 unsuccessful attempts in previous races and she enthused: “What a way to break the ice!” Invidia had been stabled in Cape Town for three months and acclimatised well.

Domeyer, the son of Andrew Fortune, Ashley’s husband, said the race had become a scrappy affair with a lot of interference happening as everybody darted to the inside. “I decided to switch out and I followed Greg (Cheyne) on Three Two Charlie) through, and once I asked Invidia for more, he just gave it to me.”

Domeyer added: “He was on his toes in the parade ring, which worried me, but my father just told me to give him some love. I patted him and stroked him as I got up and, it was amazing, he eased down instantly.”

The Fortune stable was delighted for owner Mario Ferreira who picked up the R2.5 million winner’s cheque. “Mario trusted us to find him a decent horse and I’m happy we could repay him,” Ashley commented.

“I am going to take him back to Johannesburg and go for some of the big sprints, perhaps the Computaform Sprint on 2 May. The CTS Ready To Run may have been a bit far for him – the whole family are five and six furlong horses – but also I don’t think he was as well then as he is now.”

Invidia is a son of Twice Over (Observatory) out of the five-time winning Parade Leader mare, Zili. Originally sold for R100 000 on the CTS April Yearling Sale, the winner was purchased for R180 000 on the CTS Cape Ready To Run Sale when offered on the Soetendal draft.

He has won three of 10 starts for stake earnings of R3 041 500.