In the face of heavy market support for favourite Sovereign Spirit, a R5.75 million yearling purchase, Special Blend was ignored in the betting for the last race at Scottsville yesterday in spite of putting up an eye-catching barrier trial. Given a chance to find his feet early on, Special Blend quickened smartly under Craig Zackey to win well. Owned by Dave MacLean, Special Blend was bred by one of the best in the business, John Slade, and on yesterdays showing barring accidents the son of Vercingetorix looks to have a bright future.