​ Chansonette defeats Highveld star in pulsating finish

​ Chansonette defeats Highveld star in pulsating finish

December 08, 2021 / 1 month ago

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Chansonette (far side) wins the G1 Cape Fillies Guineas from Desert Miracle. (Wayne Marks).

Chansonette triumphed in the G1 World Sports Betting Cape Fillies Guineas (Grade 1) at Kenilworth Saturday after a stirring tussle with hot pot favourite and Highveld raider, Desert Miracle. They drew 2.5 lengths clear of Homely Girl and Mercury Rising who fought out their own personal battle for the placings in the 1600m showdown.

Jockey Grant van Niekerk did the honours, working out a perfect box seat trip from draw 1 just off pacesetters She’s a Rainbow and Kailene, then unleashing his mount up the centre of the track to deny Desert Miracle’s stand side rally.

Chansonette has improved at each of her five starts and was producing a career best when it truly counted. Nel reported she was training great in the build up to this prestigious Classic and her recent 600m sprint ups gave the stable confidence that she was physically primed to perfection. She then took advantage of an ideal pace and rail position in the race itself to spring a 16/1 jolt over 1/3 odds on favourite, Desert Miracle.

The winning filly, a first foal by Vercingetorix out of the speedy Listed placed mare, Champery, is trained by Andre Nel up the West Coast near Yzerfontein for Plattner Racing. Nel bought her for R500,000 at the 2020 Cape Premier Yearling Sale and recalled: “She was beautiful as a yearling, a real smasher and we were all thinking, ‘she’s too good looking to be true’. I had a brief from Mrs Plattner to buy two colts at that sale, so I had to phone to ask her if we could bid on Chansonette in addition to those and she agreed. Andrew Fortune was the underbidder for his wife, Ashley, he was also excited about her. I’m pleased we got the bid that day, it’s now more than ever a sweet memory!”

Chansonette is now three wins from six starts, with career earnings approaching R330,000.