Hail the Duchess Of Bourbon!

Hail the Duchess Of Bourbon!

July 03, 2019 / 1 year ago

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Duchess Of Bourbon stayed on well to the Listed Winter Oaks.

When Duchess Of Bourbon ran on late in April’s Sweet Chestnut Stakes over 1400m, Jonno Snaith spotted her as a Winter Oaks contender, in fact he turned to his brother Justin and said, “She will win the Oaks.”

Jonno was spot-on. The daughter of Duke Of Marmalade turned in a sparkling performance in Saturday’s Listed Oaks over 2200m at Kenilworth. She skipped to the front with 400m to run and held off a late charge from stablemate Fortune Flies.

Snaith said: “Duke Of Marmalade started a bit slowly. They are not two-year-olds, but they’re coming to hand in a big way. If you watch this stallion over ground, he’s going to have his winners. Duchess Of Bourbon has always been crying out for ground and she will stay further than this too. I think a race like the Majorca will be too short for her.

Jockey Richard Fourie said: “I told the Snaith team Duchess Of Bourbon would be a 1400m filly but I was proven wrong again. They are the masters.”

He added: “I had a peach draw and the pace was original. She started unwinding quite early. I put myself in a good position and took the quickest way home.”

Duchess Of Bourbon was a R600,000 purchase from the 2017 Cape Premier Yearling Sale. She races for US-based Bourbon Lane Racing Stable’s Mike McMahon and Jamie Hill, Anthony and Angela Beck.

Bourbon Lane Racing is very active in bloodstock management the US, New Zealand and now South Africa. They have an excellent record for producing graded stakes horses from low purchases.

John Koster of Klawervlei Stud noticed the win with some delight and commented: “Mike and Jamie are the new pioneers from the US. They’ve come to the Premier Sale for a few years and I’m glad they’ve now had an Oaks winner that looks decent.

“I am sure their involvement here will increase once we get the export protocols in place. Interestingly Jamie Hill’s father Jim, selected and bought the great Seattle Slew for $12,000 and co-owned him with partners.”

Duchess Of Bourbon, bred by Golden Touch Thoroughbreds, is three from 11, with R276,000 in career earnings.