Mike Moon: Trainer Joey Ramsden didn’t pick up one of the Grade 1 Guineas races at Kenilworth, but he left his mark on the race meeting with two feature victories.
Two ultra-consistent racers – Speedpoint and Fresnaye – landed him the spoils in the Southeaster Sprint (Listed) and the WSB Victress Stakes (Grade 3). The wins were due reward for big-hearted performances from both horses over the past year.
Fresnaye went off at 7-1 in a competitive Victress Stakes, Race 8 on the card, with favourite Brave Move trading at 18-10.
From the 1800m start, jockey Bernard Fayd’Herbe had Fresnaye handily placed just behind the pace being set by Miss Katalin, Red Ginger and Dynasty’s Blossom. Brave Move did not get away as well and was forced to race towards the rear of the 11-horse field.
Miss Katalin clung doggedly to the lead until the 400m mark, when Red Ginger managed to head her.
However, neither of those two had any answer to flying Fresnaye who flashed past them and went on to win as she pleased by 1.50 lengths.
It was the four-year-old filly’s fifth win from 15 starts and another piece of black type for her already impressive CV.
Earlier in the day, Speedpoint flashed home in the Listed Southeaster Sprint, the first of five feature races on Guineas day at Kenilworth.
Under champion jockey Lyle Hewitson, Ramsden’s colt was easy to back at 10-1. He came from well off the pace of the 1100m contest with a perfectly timed effort to collar 10-3 favourite Pacific Trader inside the final 50m and win going away by 0.40 lengths.
Trainer Brett Crawford saddled three runners and his Search Party went out to make the pace, with stablemate Pacific Trader tracking him. Celestial Storm was also prominent, ahead of Dutch Phillip, Percival, Ready Steady Go, Bishop’s Bounty and Valbonne.
Speedpoint was about six lengths off the lead, biding his time. Hewitson shook up the son of Var as they passed the 400m pole, then switched him to the inside to get galloping room.
Pacific Trader moved to the head of affairs as Search Party tired and for a moment looked like he had the race at his mercy. But Hewitson and Speedpoint had other ideas and produced an unstoppable finishing burst.
Ramsden has campaigned this son of Var in sprint features around the country and he has seldom been far off.
This time he put it all together in a competitive event to register his third victory in his 16th start.
Owned by the Finch family, four-year-old Speedpoint was bought for R700,000 as a yearling and has now recouped his purchase price and moved into the black.