THREE-year-old filly Sin Latigo is ready to step out of the shadow of sister Equina and trainer Cornie Spies has stepped up her training routine to ensure that Silvinho’s daughter lives her own life.
Sin Latigo, whose father is from German and her mother, Usual Winner from Brazil, has seen her sister dominate Borrowdale race course but with Equina coming into the picture later in the season, Spies knows too well that this is the chance for Sin Latigo to impose her own dominance.
Equina won the Fillies Champaigne Stakes, the Castle Tankard and the OK Grand Challenge and finished second in the Republic Cup, but Sin Latigo is turning four this year and ready to challenge the best.
So far so good. After coming second to Bobby Soxer in her season opener — the Merit Rated 60 Handicap — Sin Latigo this afternoon finds herself on the course for the US$7 500 Merit Rated 55 Handicap to be run over 1 800 metres.
A win or a placing in this race, and another placing on October 5, will do good to her name after a 2013/14 season in which she only managed four placings and no win in her first 19 races.
Towards the end of last season, Sin Latigo became a favourite for punters as she offered huge figures. The last time around she offered US$3,10 when she came second and US$10,80 in her swinger combination with Bobby Soxer. She gave punters US$16,20 for every dollar placed when combined with third placed Felani.
There is no question that every punter wants a horse that pays and Sin Latigo should find herself with many backers in this strong Merit Rated 55 Handicap field that initially had attracted 18 nominations.
What, however, is disheartening is the fact that there is not even a single Zimbabwean bred horse in this race with all the horses in the field coming from South Africa.
Even more surprising is the fact that Spies lines up almost half the field with eight nominations with the other trainers taking the remaining places.
Ghokan Terzi sends out four horses, Cornish Duchess, Juelz, Pole Star and Yenta. Sebastien D’Aquino contributes two horses, Captain Grant and Tiger Who while Kirk Swanson fields Downton Twilight.
There is a place too for Jannie Blignaut who has Charir’s Daughter and Amy Bronkhorst who fields Supa Dupa who the last time around on September 7 finished second in the 1 600 metre Maiden Plate.
There are seven races carded for the day with stake monies ranging between US$7 500 to US$9 000.
All in all, the total stake money for all the races on the day is US$61 500 which should provide an exciting day of racing for the punters.