The Gr3 eLAN Gold Cup over 3200m at Greyville on Saturday was well won by Joey Ramsden-trained Dynasty filly Dynasty’s Blossom, second in the Gold Vase on Vodacom Durban July Day.
Four-year-old Dynasty’s Blossom, in the hands of the talented Mauritian Nooresh Juglall, proved too good for outsider Made To Conquer and favourite Doublemint.
Dark Moon Rising moved through the field in the back straight to take up the running halfway through, and galloped 10 lengths clear. He led by five lengths as the field turned for home and with 200m to go it looked like Paul Lafferty’s runner had stolen the race.
Dynasty’s Blossom went in pursuit and together with Dawn Assault and favourite Doublemint slowly reeled in Dark Moon Rising, who was swamped in the last 50m after a gutsy effort. Dynasty’s Blossom won with a well-timed finish.
Juglall said after the race that former jockey Glen Hatt had given him some advice on how to ride the filly and that had helped him. Hatt, representing Dynasty’s Blossom’s part-owners, Maine Chance Farms, responded later: “It’s a tricky race. I’ve won it a few times and I gave Nooresh a few pointers I’d thought would be important.”
Dynasty’s Blossom has only really come into her own in Durban,” said Ramsden, who last won the Gold Cup in 2004 with Major Bluff. I always knew she had a Group race in her, it’s a pity it’s not a Group 1, but I do understand why it’s not.
“Thanks to e-Lan for their sponsorship and thanks to Glen Hatt for his help. He rode Major Bluff. He’s an absolute star, a wonderful human being,”
Consigned by Highlands Farm, Dynasty’s Blossom was knocked down to the Mayfair Speculators/Coolmore/Maine Chance Farms partnership for R4,5 million at the 2016 Cape Premier Yearling Sale – where she topped the charts on Day 2.
She is out of the Danehill Dancer sired Gr3 Final Fling Stakes winner Crimson Blossom, who won seven races from 1200m to 2000m. Her fourth dam, Delsy, produced Gr1 Prix du Jockey Club winner and leading sire Darshaan.