The stable changed tactics for Follow The Flow’s race at Turffontein’s standside track on Sunday – sending her to the front instead of allowing her to drop off the pace early. It worked like a charm and gave a her a chance to show that she doesn’t lack heart.
It’s never easy to win from start-to-finish on what is considered to be the toughest mile in the country, which brings merit to the way Follow The Flow kept going under a polished ride from Kabelo Matsunyane to win her Maiden – a finish in which she looked almost certain to get collared over the last 200m, but refused to give in.
It was an early Sunday win for owner/breeder Mary Slack, still on a high after Desert Miracle’s super success in Saturday’s G1 Schweppes Majorca Stakes.
The latest in the long line of offspring from the Ilha Da Vitoria female line (Ilha Bela, Beneto, Ilha Grande), Follow The Flow is a daughter of Querari and G1 SA Fillies Classic winner Orchid Island.
Matsunyane rode another good race in Race 8 over 1160m on Warne Rippon and Arun Chadha’s Cool Winter, who finished a close second to Irontail, but was the benefacftor of a stipendiary steward’s objection against the big older horse. Irontail shifted out sharply close to the line and gave Cool Winter a bump which, as the board agreed, cost us the race considering the narrow margin of the original victory.