SPEEDPOINT ON THE MARK

Drakenstein also featured as the breeders of Brian and Kathy Finch’s Speedpoint, who set up a Ramsden Stakes double in the Listed Southeaster Sprint over 1100m.

Buried in midfield early on, the four-year-old surged from off the pace and collared the favourite Pacific Trader (Sail From Seattle) close home before drawing off for a half-length victory.

This was a well-deserved first Stakes success for the bay, who stepped up from a fourth place in the Gr.2 Merchants earlier this month. No stranger to mixing it with the best, he ran third in the Gr.1 Compuform Sprint at three.

The latest Stakes winner sired by champion sprinter Var, Speedpoint certainly is his father’s son. His dam Cash Register (Casey Tibbs), an own sister to Glen Kotzen’s ill-fated Durban July hero Big City Life, won up to 1800m and triumphed in both the Gr.3 Final Fling Stakes and Listed Ladies Mile.

Speedpoint is her first foal, while her second foal, the Oratorio filly Snapscan, kept it all in the family when losing her maiden tag earlier on the card! Like her dam, the three-year-old is trained by Glen Kotzen.

Cash Register’s next two foals are both fillies, a juvenile own sister to Speedpoint and a yearling by Duke Of Marmalade.

-Ada Van Der Bent

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