Hollywood Syndicate in the winners box!
It was a perfect ending to a fantastic first month of the 2022-2023 season. HOLLYWOODBETS, the stable's loyal sponsor had one of their own, QUEEN OF SMOKE enter the winner's box at the Vaal on Tuesday in the popular yellow and purple silks!
QUEEN OF SMOKE came into the race as a solid and deserved favourite after a decent 2nd place in her penultimate run. This was only the third run of her career so the only probable worry may have been her inexperience, but the gusty Gimmethegreenlight filly dug down deep and got her nose down on the line to win a good race by 0,25 lengths.
The filly's beautiful big white face was easily spotted when she jumped out towards the outside of the long Vaal straight. Randall Simons, who had ridden her in the previous start got the filly to relax well and bowl along. When it came to the business end of the race, it was clear that the filly was still lacking some experience and was quiet green in the running. She drifted all the way to the inside of the field to find some company, this worked out well for her as she then decided to dig down and fought on strongly.
The manner in which the filly won, she has shown that she should improve with more racing and may enjoy a few extra metres. It will be interesting to see how she continues to progress and hopefully another filly to add to the list of exciting runners that the Hollywood Syndicate have around the country. A big congratulations to the Syndicate!
This winner ended off the winners for the first month of the new season, giving the stable a total of 8 winners for the month, along with many places in between. It was certainly a proud month for the stable and hopes are for the form to continue as long as possible.
An extra special win and thanks to the sponsor - HOLLYWOODBETS.