Star broodmare dominates Fillies Guineas
The Avontuur Estate Cape Fillies Guineas, due to be run at Kenilworth this Saturday afternoon, has been won by a host of remarkable fillies in the past. The honour roll for this 1600m classic features many of the finest fillies ever to set foot on a South African race-track.
One mare who has made more of an impact on the Cape Fillies Guineas than most in recent times is the outstanding broodmare Sunshine Lover (Badger Land – .Miss Bikini).
South Africa’s Equus Broodmare Of The Year back in 2011, Sunshine Lover produced not one, but two, daughters to win the Avontuur Estate Cape Fillies Guineas. Both fillies were trained by Justin Snaith.
Her first daughter to win the great race was Captain’s Lover, successful over Gr1 winners Gilded Minaret and Nania in the 2007 Avontuur Estate Cape Fillies Guineas.
A remarkably tough and classy filly, Captain’s Lover went on to make history when she won the G3 Prix Du Pin – becoming the first South African bred ever to win a Group race in France.
South Africa’s Equus Champion 3YO Female Miler of 2008, the Captain Al filly retired having won have four feature races – in all of France, USA and South Africa.
Ending her career as a stakes winner on three different continents, Captain’s Lover is currently safely in foal to leading sire Dynasty. Her first foal is an unraced Pulpit filly named Shipboard Romance, whilst she also has a Giant’s Causeway yearling filly.
As good as Captain’s Lover was, Sunshine Lover’s second Fillies Guineas was even better. The magnificent Ebony Flyer, a towering, jet-black monster of a filly, was a superb athlete, and was one of the most talented fillies to race in South Africa over the past few seasons.
The Jet Master filly won her first four races on the trot, culminating in a superb victory over subsequent Horse of the Year Igugu in the 2011 Avontuur Estate Cape Fillies Guineas. Following her first Grade One victory, Ebony Flyer’s connections boldly decided to chance their star in the Gr1 L’Ormarin’s Queen’s Plate. The filly, who, like many by her sire, suffered from wind problems, ran a great and courageous race to finish third to Champion, and older filly, Mother Russia.
Following her brave effort in the Queen’s Plate, Ebony Flyer returned to the track eight months later and won the Gr3 Diana Stakes. Prior to retirement, Ebony Flyer would go on to garner three more wins including the Gr1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes and Gr1 SA Fillies Sprint.
She is currently in foal to Trippi, and, is with her sister, Captain’s Lover, at Drakenstein.
Dam, Sunshine Lover, has yet another talented representative this season, in the form of promising Cape 3yo, Cape Cutter. The latter, a full brother to Captain’s Lover, has won or placed in five of his six outings to date, and was beaten just a head in the Listed Racing Association Stakes.
Sunshine Lover, who has a Western Winter yearling colt, has been booked to Var this season.