Driefontein Early Favourite for 2014 The Goodwood

April 28th, 2014

Following an impressive run to lead from start to finish and claim the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville last weekend, owner Denise Martin has confirmed Driefontein for a tilt at the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) on May 10th.

Driefontein has been confirmed for a tilt at the 2014 The Goodwood

Driefontein has been confirmed for a tilt at the 2014 The Goodwood. Photo: Jenny Barnes

Jumping well from barrier 10 and setting a reasonable tempo before maintaining a strong sprint to the line to finish a length and a half in the clear of Platelet, Driefontein impressively contested the Robert Sangster in a faster time than that registered by equine superstar Black Caviar in the race’s 2012 edition.

“She is simply one of those uncomplicated mare” Martin told TVN.

“She is truly a joy; she tries her heart out. Vlad (Duric) said she was very strong, very determined.

“I know it looked like Platelet was going to come out of the ruck and beat her, but she didn’t. That’s twice she’s beaten her on her merits.”

Amassing an impressive record of eight wins and five places from only 24 competitive starts to date, Driefontein was a standout performer over her maiden two-year-old season; claiming four back-to-back victories first-up including both the Group 3 McLachlan Stakes (1200m) and Listed Widden Stakes (1100m) before finishing sixth behind stable mate Pierro in a particularly well contested Golden Slipper (1200m).

Returning to the track in similarly competitive form this time in, the Fastnet Rock mare won the Group 3 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) first-up on September 14th, but undoubtedly hit career best form when taking out the Group 3 Irwin Stakes (1100m) and Robert Sangster double most recently.

Having secured his first Australian Group 1 victory in more than six years, Vlad Duric is hot favourite to retain the ride on Driefontein in the 2014 The Goodwood in two weeks’ time.

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