Keeping Rivals at 'Bay' in Cape Verdi


Pevensey Bay winning the G2 Cape Verdi | DHRIC

Looking for her first win since last July, Pevensey Bay (Footstepsinthesand {GB}) marked her return in style, closing with a flourish to earn a career high win in Friday's G2 Cape Verdi S. at Meydan.

A hair sluggish away from the gate, Pevensey Bay settled along the inside near the back early as Down On Da Bayou (Super Saver) raced to the front. The pacesetter began to pick up the tempo on the first turn while heading into the final 800 meters. Completely buried along the rail with the pacesetter still moving easily about two lengths in front turning for home, Pevensey Bay was swung out several paths wide for the stretch drive. Hitting her best stride midtsretch, the dark bay powered past her rivals and forged to the front late, edging Ascot Brass (Swe) (Juniper Tree {Ire}) en route to a 3/4-length decision. Wedding Dance (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) was a half-length back in third, ahead of Down On Da Bayou.

Returning from a lengthy layoff to win at Saint-Cloud in early July, the German-bred mare finished sixth at Deauville the following month before coming home fourth in Longchamp's Listed Prix de la Cochere Sept. 5. Packed away for another three months, she finished second most recently in the Dec. 20 Listed Prix Miss Satamixa at Deauville.

Pedigree Note:
Pevensey Bay is the sole winner out of Pachelbelle (Fr), the daughter of unraced Royalemixa (Fr), who is a full-sister to Grade III victor Right One (Fr) and a half-sister to Group 1 scorer Rouvres (Fr). With the victory in Friday's Cape Verdi, the 6-year-old becomes the 36th group/graded winner for Coolmore sire Footstepsinthesand.

Friday, Meydan, Dubai
CAPE VERDI PRESENTED BY CLUB VISTA MARE-G2, $180,000, Meydan, 1-14, 3yo/up, f/m, 8fT, 1:36.13, gd.
1–PEVENSEY BAY (GER), 126, m, 6, by Footstepsinthesand (GB)
1st Dam: Pachelbelle (Fr), by Anabaa
2nd Dam: Royalemixa (Fr), by Linamix (Fr)
3rd Dam: Riziere (Fr), by Groom Dancer
1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN; 1ST GROUP WIN. (£240,000 Ylg '15
DBSPRM). O/B-Julia & Jonathan Aisbitt (FR); T-Hiroo Shimizu;
J-Olivier Peslier. $108,000. Lifetime Record: 17-4-4-0,
$196,780. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
Werk Nick Rating: A+.
2–Ascot Brass (Swe), 126, m, 5, Juniper Tree (Ire)–By the Book
(Ire), by Definite Article (GB). O-Stall Valley; B-Sigfridsson Tor
Harry (SWE); T-Niels Petersen. $36,000.
3–Wedding Dance (Ire), 126, f, 4, Invincible Spirit (Ire)–Wadaa,
by Dynaformer. (600,000gns Ylg '19 TAOCT). O-Godolphin;
B-Rabbah Bloodstock Ltd (IRE); T-Charlie Appleby. $18,000.
Margins: 3/4, HF, SHD.
Also Ran: Down On Da Bayou, Pessemona (GB), Silent Night (Swe), Stunning Beauty (Ire), Mnasek, Dalanijujo (Ire), Soft Whisper  (Ire).
Click for the Racing Post result or the free catalogue-style pedigree.


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