JUSTIN Vermaak had to endure some criticism when Green Street Bloodstock’s three-year-old filly Mrs O lost her way after a deal was done to race her in a lease partnership last November, but the wheel always seems to turn in the good old game of racing.
Returning fresh and well from a three-month break for trainers Mike and Adam Azzie, Mrs O unleashed a storming finish on the standside rail to win the Gold Rush Sprint over 1000m at Turffontein under jockey Weichong Marwing.
This was GSB’s first win in a minor feature and Vermaak, who watched the race from Dubai, commented: “It was great to see Mrs O back in the winner’s box and to have our first feature race success though it was not black type.
“Thanks to Pippa Mickleburgh from Avontuur Stud for letting us get involved with the filly and well done to our owners, who got a nice little lesson in patience with her as she went off the boil when we got her but is now back with a bang!”
Proteas cricketer David Miller and his father Andrew are among the GSB partners who lease this Oratorio filly, bred from the Western Winter mare Ginger Hill.
GSB and partners also had a second place later in the day with Till Dawn, who can win soon.