Ken Nicol: Ronnie’s Candy saves her best for big race days, and motored home from near last to comfortaby win the WSB Ipi Tombe Challenge.
After finishing second to Queen Supreme last time out the King Of Kings filly had to be taken very seriously here, but ended up paying a handsome R10.40 on TAB.
Running Brave raced very keenly after a four month break and quickly set up a lead of at least six lengths.
The two three-year-olds Snow Palace and Wisteria Walk were next best in a strung out affair, while the eventual winner languished in the rear.
The pacemaker compounded coming to the 400m mark, and Wisteria Walk moved into the vanguard.
Lucky Houdalakis’ youngster was looking dangerous, but wider out young Luke Ferraris got Ronnies Candy to unwind, and she breezed on by to an easy win.
In The Dance also finished well to get up for second, getting past Wisteria Walk close home.
“Things didn’t go our way early on, but they went fast which suited her” said jockey Luke Ferraris, who was scoring a first Grade 2 win, although he does have a Grade 1 in his locker.
“She’s a very smart filly” commented her breeder, owner and trainer St John Gray.