Leading Transvaal trainer Jean Heming appeared to hold the keys to the outcome with a dual entry of Young Lady and Allure, who had beaten Natal hotshot Jungle Class over the course and distance in the Gosforth Park Fillies Guineas back in November.
Allure would have been odds-on favourite had punters been certain of her reproducing the performance that saw her put Jungle Class in her place, but she had finished a disappointing third behind Young Lady over 1400m in her warm-up race for the big day.
After being introduced 16/10 favourite by bookies the day before the race, Allure drifted to 7/2 on the course and, as Young Lady shortened to 28/10 favourite, it was obvious to everyone except novice racegoers which was the stable elect.
As in the Gosforth Park Fillies Guineas, Allure was asked to make all the running and was showing ½ length ahead of Devine Isadora with Young Lady 2 lengths back in third place along the inside rail as the runners turned for home.
Uncharacteristically, Allure was in trouble five strides into the straight and Devine Isadora zipped 2 lengths clear before surrendering the lead to Young Lady racing into the last 200m.
The Lancome was then all over for another year and Young Lady went to the line to score by 1 ¾ lengths from Bright Wave, who came from last in the 13-runner field and swept past a cluster of rivals in the final moments.
Young Lady is owned by breeder Gernot Eckert and his wife Beryl, who bought the daughter of three-time champion sire Jungle Cove for R35 000 on the select day of the 1985 National Yearling Sales.
Bred at Graham Beck's Maine Chance Farms, Young Lady is the 10th produce of a Royal Affair mare whose previous offspring did not amount to much with the exception of Safyr Bleu, a High Powered II filly who won eight races.
Allure finished 6 lengths back in ninth place and jockey Cecil van As's immediate post-race prognosis that she had been troubled by her legs was soon found to be correct.
She had broken down in the off-fore and is likely to be out of racing for several months.
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