28 October 2019

Bloodstock South Africa graduate Third Runway showed her class when running out a comprehensive winner of the G2 Western Cape Fillies Championship on Kenilworth on Saturday, stamping herself as a leading contender for the Cape Fillies Guineas in the process.

One of three feature race winners over the weekend for the inform combination of Glen Kotzen and Morne Winaar, the Varsfontein Stud bred Third Runway made it win number three from only four starts when scoring a clear-cut one and three quarter length win over the progressive Pretty Young Thing.

It was a second consecutive feature race for Third Runway, who was making her first start since June, with the filly having landed the Listed Irridescence Stakes at her previous outing.

Owned by Philip Bamford in partnership with Charlotte le Metayer and Helena Mennessier, Third Runway was a R200 000 buy from the 2018 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.

The filly is a daughter of Varsfontein Stud’s top-class stallion Gimmethegreenlight, whose daughter Roll In The Hay ran third to Third Runway on Saturday (a son of Gimmethegreenlight, Captain Tatters, further boosted his sire’s profile when finishing a close second in Saturday’s G3 Cape Classic).

Third Runway is out of the Black Minnaloushe mare Outrage, a half-sister to 3 black type performers including G3 Prix du Cap winner Croc Valley.