Last season’s G1 Jonsson Workwear Garden Province Stakes winner Redberry Lane made a pleasing comeback, when landing an assessment plate over 1450m on the Turffontein inside track on Thursday.
Trained by Sean Tarry, the five-year-old daughter of Western Winter justified 11-10 favouritism by running out a courageous three parts of a length winner from Running Brave and she should come on leaps and bounds for this run.
Redberry Lane, who was having her first start since landing the Garden Province early in July and making her seasonal debut, was ridden to victory by last season’s Champion Jockey Lyle Hewitson.
The latter has built up an excellent rapport with Redberry Lane, and has now steered the mare to wins in each of her last three starts.
Now a four time winner, Redberry Lane’s previous victories included not only the Garden Province Stakes but also the Listed Syringa Handicap.
The Lammerskraal bred and owned Redberry Lane is one of two G1 winners produced by last season’s Equus Broodmare Of The Year Strawberry Lane, with the latter also responsible for 2010 G1 Cape Guineas winner Solo Traveller.
Redberry Lane, whose Dynasty half-brother Knights Templar ran fourth on debut recently, also gained a further boost to her pedigree with the running of the recent G3 World Sports Betting Diana Stakes. That race was won by Love To Boogie, whose G3 Pretty Polly Stakes winning dam Jalberry is a full sister to Strawberry Lane.