Allure turned the tables on Jungle Class with a start-to-finish lead in the Gr1 Mikes Kitchen Fillies Guineas. The R100.000 race was the first leg of the Fillies’ Triple Crown, contested over a mile at Gosforth Park.
On the face of it Allure should have been safely held by Jungle Class on their running together in the Gr3 AECI Spring Fillies Stakes over 1400m at Turffontein on October 10. Both fillies went into that contest unbeaten and Jungle Class outgunned Allure, leading from the off and scoring by nearly 4 lengths.
Allure tackled Jungle Class on 2.5 kg worse terms at Gosforth Park and bookmakers could hardly be blamed for sending Heming's charge off at 10/1 with Jungle Class, trained in Natal by Herman Brown, red-hot favourite at 4/10.
What most pundits had not taken into account was that at Turffontein jockey Mark Sutherland had restrained the rangy, long-striding daughter of Trocadero in second place behind Jungle Class, who loves to dictate proceedings.
Michael Roberts did things differently. He shot Allure into the lead as the gates opened and left Jungle Class to do the chasing. The favourite was at Allure's heels in second throughout, but Heming's charge never looked like surrendering and prevailed by a length in race-record time.
Allure runs in the colours of Gosforth Park steward and Radio South Africa chief Patrick Kohler and businessman George van Schwartzkoppen, who lease the filly from Excelsior Stud.
Allure, who Roberts rates the best filly he has ridden in South Africa for years, will be aimed at the second leg of the fillies' Triple Crown. That is the R100 000 Bar Valley Classic over the sharp near-bend mile at Milnerton on January 3, although her participation in that contest will hinge on the draw.
The Gosforth Park victory was Allure’s fourth win in five starts and boosted her earnings to R94 850.
From the third-last crop of Trocadero, who died in 1984, Allure only made her debut in July owing to soundness issues.
"I always knew how good she was," said Jean Heming. "It was just a matter of getting her sound. Fortunately Patrick and George have lots of patience."
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