Horse Racing

MY SISTER: Good first outing


Observer staff reporter

Friday, September 01, 2017

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It is way too early to make any assessment of the performance of two-year-old My Sister , but trainer Gary Subratie believes that his roan filly shows promising signs that she is one to look out for as the two-year-old season continues to unfold.

The TaqarubLady MacBeth by Bop offspring with Dane Dawkins in the saddle made a very convincing debut, smashing rivals by 12 lengths to win the $900,000 Rhoel Rhoden Memorial Trophy last Saturday.

“Excellent…it was an excellent performance. I liked how she [ My Sister] just waited and straightened up in the lane and quickened away from rivals. That is a sign of a really good horse.

“She is something to look forward to a little later on in the year, and so let's see what happens as we go along, as it is still early days.

“The jockey rode a very good race as well. He sat there and waited; he didn't rush her, and when they entered the lane, he sent her on her way and she just did what was necessary and came home quite easily,” Subratie said.

Breeder and owner Michael Bernard was confident that his charge would have made a winning start to her career.

“Very good. Actually, I expected her to do well because she is fairly well-bred. She [ My Sister] was exercising fairly well coming into the race, as the other morning she went 49.2 seconds for four furlongs, and when I looked at performances of the other horses in and around at that time, I realised that her performance at exercise was not bad at all. And so, with this field, I was expecting her to win. I didn't expect her to decimate the field as she did, but you take what you can get,” Bernard said.

My Sister shot from the number one post into a slight lead over Francine (Odeen Edwards) and Timetosaygoodbye (Anthony Thomas).

As the small field swung into the half-mile (800m), My Sister was briefly challenged by Timetosaygoodbye, but when Dawkins decided to ask My Sister for the additional effort, the far-striding roan filly, just accelerated and went on her merry way for a commanding victory in the maiden special weight event.

Francine came on strong in deep stretch for second money with Bula (Natalie Berger) six-and-a-half lengths away in third spot

The final of 1:07.4 – on a common canter for five-and-a-half furlongs (1,100m) – is a clear indication that she has some talent.




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