ALL AT ONCE wins Swallow Stakes
Mike Moon: All At Once belied her name when she found something extra to get her nose in front on the line in the Listed Swallow Stakes over 1160m at Turffontein on Saturday.
Trainer Lucky Houdalakis’ filly revealed herself as a very decent performer, showing plenty of pace and real heart to get the better of Grade 1 winner Mighty High in a stirring two-horse battle to the line.
Jockey Craig Zackey gets plenty of plaudits, too, for getting All At Once to dig down and rally after the Johan Janse van Vuuren-trained Mighty High and Gavin Lerena had galloped past them with 250m to go.
It was the same 1-2 result as the last time the two three-year-olds clashed – in an Assessment Plate over the same course and distance in mid-December. On that occasion, All At Once came home by 0.75 lengths.
Mighty High, winner of Scottsville’s Alan Robertson Championship as a juvenile, started as the 16-10 favourite to land her fourth win in five career starts. All At Once, going for three from four, was 3-1 second favourite.
Toby Spies-trained Mazari dashed into an early lead, with Mighty High on her heels and All At Once not far behind.
With 500m left to run, All At Once forged into the lead, Mighty High responded and began to haul in the leader. At the 100m mark, Lerena got his mount in front and most watchers reckoned that was that. But it wasn’t, as All At Once refused to fall away.
The winning margin was 0.05 lengths, with 5.30 lengths back to the third horse, Blonde Vision, and 7.50 lengths to the fourth, Cordillera.