The International Racing Club enjoyed an excellent week all round, with three individual winners in South Africa and the UK.
A Whole New World (Ideal World), trained by Carl Hewitson and ridden by his son Lyle, posted a 1.80-length win over Avenir in a MR65 Handicap at Scottsville on 1 February, clocking a respectable 95,65s. He races for the IRC and Fasil Vahab.
Lucky Ava, a filly by Heeraat (IRE) we now own in partnership with Simon Lockyer, scored a follow up win for trainer Conrad Allen and jockey Martin Dwyer over 5 furlongs on the all-weather track at Lingfield last Friday.
Then, at Scottsville on Sunday, promising Peanut Butter (Philanthropist) broke the ice with a decent win over 1600m. She races for Laura de Haast and an IRC Syndicate comprising Michael de Haast, UK-based Ollie Stansfield and former England centreback Nick Greenstock.
Though only three years of age, young Peanut Butter already has a history behind her, and she’s been through some tough times, with good times ahead of her now.
“Laura and I bought her for R20,000 at the Cape Sale after we both fell in love with her. She has a beautiful conformation. We soon discovered she was difficult, fractious, and we decided to send her to Port Elizabeth because we felt racing there would suit her better.
“She’d run fairly in the Cape, including a 4th place to star filly Captain’s Ransom, not too far off, but she ever had a chance to run in PE for Yvette Bremner. She was one of the horses attacked during the riots last September, and we sent her to Durban when Yvette decided to stop training.
“She had a bout of bad colic in Durban, had to spend a week in hospital and was very sick but thankfully we got her through that. During this time Laura felt that Peanut Butter needed some TLC, a women’s touch, and we decided to send her to Lezeanne Forbes, to bring her to the right way.
“We’ve always known she had talent, that good run to Captain’s Ransom proved it, and we hoped she could fulfil that. It’s been a long road with her, seven months since she left the Cape and through riots and colic, but here we are and things are looking so much better.”
Forbes said that Peanut Butter had only been about 70% ready for Sunday’s run, which makes her win even more meritorious, and De Haast added: “We thought she’d run well, but didn’t expect her to win.
“Thanks to Forbes Racing for the love and attention they gave her, to Serino Moodley for a good ride, to Steve and Tash at the yard. Also to Laura, who played an integral role in Peanut Butter’s recovery with decision-making, discussions with Lezeanne and the way they handled it. Let’s hope she goes on from here!”