Front and Centre

Front and Centre

December 19, 2018 / 3 months ago

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Front and Centre, commanding win.

CTS purchase Front And Centre kept her unbeaten record intact with a comfortable victory in the Grade 1 WSB Fillies Guineas at Kenilworth on Saturday. 

Big-race jockey Anton Marcus positioned Front and Centre a few lengths behind Silvano’s Pride, who took up the early running to lead from Temple Grafin and Just Chaos. 

Halfway up the stretch it was obvious that the leader wasn’t going to fold, but Marcus visibly had plenty of horse underneath him, and when he asked for maximum inside the final 200m she drew off to win by a length and a half without too much fuss. 

Silvano’s Pride fought on for second, while Clouds Unfold finished third. 

This was Marcus’ first Grade 1 win for Ridgemont Highlands since becoming their retained jockey. 

“Front And Centre enjoyed an ideal prep and it was a win full of merit. I actually think she’s better than today’s performance. I live in Durban and ride horses in Cape Town that make me look good.” 

Trainer Brett Crawford was equally impressed and said: “She’s a filly of true quality. I was super confident – she’s the real deal. We had a hiccup in October, but she recovered quickly.” 

Front and Centre was a R300 000 buy from the Cape Premier Yearling Sale. She’s by Dynasty from Alignment (Alzao), and is a half-sister to Ridgemont Highlands Gr1 winning sire Potala Palace (Singspiel), himself already most promising at stud. 

Front And Centre took her earnings to R795 625, unbeaten in four starts, with an already fantastic paddock value after this first Gr1 success. 

Front And Centre is nominated for the Paddock Stakes on January 5.