She’ll stay all day!

TWO-year-olds seldom win over 2000m against older horses, let alone two-year-old fillies. The connections of Pomander will be chuffed with what they’ve got, she wiped out a field of older fillies in a Maiden Plate over 2000m at Turffontein on Saturday in the hands of apprentice Luke Ferraris.

Pomander wins.

Pomander wins.

Pomander is a daughter of Flower Alley and Pure Spice (Black Minnaloushe), her dam being a half-sister to Graded Oaks winner Pine Princess, herself from one of the best families in the stud book. With blood like this, she is most certainly one for the notebook, as classy stayers can win their fair share of races.

Gary Grant, who owns Pomander with Chris Haynes, Mike de Kock and Noeline Malherbe, commented: “We own the mare and we took Pomander to Nationals and she was the last lot. We didn’t get what we wanted and Mike urged us to buy her back, we’re happy we did.”

Wilgerbosdrift’s Flower Alley has enjoyed an excellent start to his stud career, having sired Mike’s unbeaten Alibi Guy (two from two), and Pomander (1 from three).