Right name, right ability

IF you add just a “G” to her name, Alileo will be one of the greatest stallions of our time but of course she’s just a three-year-old filly starting her career.

Alileo is by Captain Al from Sidera, a mare by Galileo who won the 2009 Gr3 Fillies Mile at Turffontein in the era of fillies like Fisani and Laverna – she was quite special and her daughter is also headed for feature success.

Alileo, looks smart!

Alileo, looks smart!

Alileo (Callan Murray up) stepped from her Maiden to a MR89 Handicap to win another 1200m contest at Turffontein Saturday, this time against four- and five-time winners, and on that alone she looks like one of the stable’s better three-year-old fillies.

Mathew de Kock confirmed that Alileo is “talented” and said: “She beat quite a strong field over 1200m, which is too short for her. Her rating’s still ok, so we’ll work through the divisions with her.”

Alileo, a R550,000 purchase from the CTS Yearling Sale, races for the high-profile partnership of Bernard Kantor and Chris Van Niekerk, along with Mayfair Speculators,  Diane Nagle and Mrs Paul  Shanahan.

Earlier in the day, Murray partnered Mohammed Khaleel Ahmed’s two-year-old VAR filly Only To Win to a 3.75-length victory in a Maiden Plate over 1450, beating older horses.

“She’s a limited filly, but that she won so well against older fillies over this trip gives us hope for another win or two,” Mathew assessed.

Only To Win, beat older fillies.

Only To Win, beat older fillies.

 

 

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