1986 Gr1 Chris Smith Bloodstock Guineas - ANOTHER TREAT - canter

Ecurie was not one of Millard's raiders sent to plunder the Transvaal stakes, kept instead for the Natal season with the Guineas at Greyville as her opening challenge. Sent out a 11-10 favourite against some classy male sophomores, the filly had them all beaten at the line, only to lose the race in the stewards' room.

In a true run race, Ecurie was the first to go after the leaders in the straight, with Another Treat moving up smartly on her outside and Model Man poised to strike between the pair.  About three hundred out, Ecurie deviated from a straight path towards Another Treat and shut off Model Man, who was forced to check.

Model Man, second in the betting at 2/1, lost whatever winning chance he might have had, and jockey Basil Marcus had no hesitation in lodging an objection, not only against Ecurie, but also against Another Treat.

Another Treat had got his head in front close home, but Ecurie responded gamely to a vigorous ride form Felix Coetzee to get up and snatch the photo decision.  In the meantime, longshot Never Blue, enjoying a clear passage on the extreme outside, came flashing through late to be three-parts of a length further back in third at the line.

Ecurie would have been the first filly in more than fifty years to have won the Guineas.  As it was, the R91.500 winner's share of the stake went to Really and Truly colt Another Treat - who had been voted the top juvenile male the previous season and whose earnings leapt to R240.225. Ecurie was demoted to fourth, behind Model Man.

1986 Gr1 SA Guineas results

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