A DOUBLE ON THE DAY FOR ALLAN-BREDS INCUDING THE FEATURE
The feature race at Fairview yesterday was the Fairview Merchants, won very comfortably indeed by SULLENBERGER turning over the odds on favourite.
On the breeder side, we were confident that 1200 metres on the grass would suit although it was fair that the trainer and connections were wary of moving 4 times winner (now 5) SULLENBERGER off his specialist 1000 metres/polytrack route to success. Nevertheless, Shadlee Fortune gave the son of CAPTAIN OF ALL the perfect ride, sitting behind the pace and coming through to overhaul the seemingly victory-bound favourite comfortably.
This fellow is a 3rd generation David Allan bred from his winning National Emblem mare FREE AS A BIRD (her first foal) who in turn is a daughter of 3 times winning (in SA) SUNNYDALE (IRE), bred by David using his own stallion SHAHRASTANI (USA), winner of the Epsom Derby.
Many congratulations to Mr Govender and trainer Alan Grieff as well as to young Shadlee for a perfect ride.