Not to be outdone by her older sister, Lily Blue, Obscure got her act together at Borrowdale Park on Saturday and came with a storming finish to win the 1450 Maiden Plate.
Veseo, Tricky Business and Master Futura had to settle for the minor places.
Earlier in the week Lily Blue, Zimbabwe’s 2020 Champion Three-Year-Old, had won impressively at the Vaal.
In the post-race interview trainer Bridget Stidolph said Obscure was a big filly who was taking time to mature. However on Saturday the genes came through.
Both Obscure and Lily Blue were bred by Geoff Armitage (Black Minnaloushe (USA) – Mammy Blue (ZIM) by Kitalpha (USA)) – and going further back Henk Leyenaar bought Mammy Blue from Christopher Peech at the Zimbabwe Yearling Sales, raced her both in ZImbabwe and South Africa; never registered as a breeder but has been following the family with great interest ever since.
On Saturday Obscure was ridden by Port Elizabeth jockey Teague Gould, and the three-year-old filly is owned by the Gin’ll Fix It Syndicate (nominee Kirsty Stidolph) and Betty Prosser.
Congratulations to the winning connections – I can’t wait to see how Obscure goes on from here.
Photographs Zimbabwe Equine News Below – Obscure (Teague Gould) then Veseo (Kevin Derere).