Hewitson defends Garden Province title

Hewitson defends Garden Province title


Bonginkosi Nkosi: Last year Redberry Lane broke the Justin Snaith-trained Snowdance’s heart when affording jockey Lyle Hewitson his first Grade 1 success in the Garden Province Stakes.

Fast forward a year later and the jockey-trainer combination of Hewitson and Sean Tarry have once again broken Snowdance’s heart in the same event – this time with speedy Captain Al filly Celtic Sea.

She produced a jaw-dropping turn of foot under a masterful ride by the Hong Kong-bound Hewitson, defeating 16-10 favourite Oh Susanna by a lengths.

“This is probably one of the best fillies I’ve had the pleasure being a part of,” said an elated Hewitson.

Oh Susanna needed to make up about four lengths with long-time leader Vistula turning for home and looked as though she would struggle to even run a place once Snowdance and Celtic Sea moved up simultaneously passing the 150m.

Once Richard Fourie got busy, Oh Susanna produced a devastating turn of foot, however, it was touch too late and she could only manage second. Snowdance was next best and Temple Graffin rounded off the Quartet.

This wasn’t the best of days at the office for jockey Anton Marcus. Front And Centre, the 2-1 second favourite disappointed in seventh place.

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