Neptunes Rain sounded a warning for the Gr1 SA Fillies Sprint to be run at Scottsville next month as she turned in a smart performance in the KwaZulu-Natal Stakes (Listed) at Greyville yesterday.
The switch from turf to poly after Scottsvilles Sunday meeting was moved to Greyville will have turned some of the expected form upside down and it was the case for a few.
Writing on his website, Duncan Howells was of the opinion that Neptunes Rain may just need the outing and that five furlongs on the poly would be way too short and sharp for her. In hindsight it may have been a wrong call as the diminutive but quick Hashtag Strat was turned loose from the jump and had the field off the bit inside the first furlong with stable companion Captains Girl in close attendance.
Lacking early speed, Anton Marcus was rousing Neptunes Rain along in the rear-guard and was still scrubbing hard at the top of the straight. But the killer pace had taken its toll as the opposition fell away
At this stage Captains Girl had relegated Hashtag Strat to the also-ran brigade and even fooled the on-course photographers who had her in their viewfinders as the most likely winner and missed the winning shot completely.
They were not to blame as once Neptunes Rain cleared the traffic she powered home on the outside to win going away with Captains Girl game on the inside.