Philosophical Soma Wishes Top Filly Well

Veteran coach Joey Soma said that Sporting contribution late on Friday that Lady Of Power, the sensational Gr2 winner of the Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas, will always have a special place in his heart and wished the filly well after it was revealed that the stunning daughter of Master Of My Fate moved to the Adam Azzie farm.

A serious contender for SA Triple Tiara honors after champion jockey Piere Strydom rode a cracker from the front to win the series’ first leg just under a week ago, a change in the extensive partnership she rides has ultimately resulted in a stable change .

Piere Strydom rides Lady Of Power to victory in the Wilgerbosdrift Gr2 Gauteng Fillies Guineas on Saturday 4th February (Image – JC Photos)

A typically philosophical Joey Soma replied Sporting contribution Inquiries about the move after an independent source told us there had been an offer from abroad and that certain top stables were being approached to accommodate them.

“The great thing about being ‘a veteran’ and having been around for decades is that you learn to accept that racing is a game of horses, people, dynamics and change. It won’t be the first time something like this has happened and it probably won’t be the last. That’s how we deal with the challenges that define our character and our state of mind,” he added.

Joey confirmed that an offer from Australia was imminent and that there were subsequent circumstances that led to a breakdown in relationships with some of the partners.

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It is believed that Australia’s offer was not accepted but complemented by part of the original partnership.

“I want a good atmosphere in my garden. We are a happy family. Racing is hard enough and we all have to be on the same page. I loved this filly from the day I saw her. I really think the world of her. She is very special. I can only wish them well and hope that wherever they go and whoever is involved, they make them proud. Right now I have horses to focus on and winners to train!” he concluded.

The cover of our February 8th Midweek issue of SPRINT shows that a week in racing can be quite a long one!

A R175,000 National Yearling Sale graduate, Lady Of Power increased her career earnings when she won the Guineas to R579,625 in her third win from 6 starts.

She was bred by James Armitage and is a daughter of Master Of My Fate (Jet Master) out of the Fort Wood mare Duchess Delight.

The next leg of the SA Triple Tiara is the R1.25million Wilgerbosdrift Gr1 SA Fillies Classic to be held in Turffontein on Saturday 4 March over 1800m.

Let’s hope they at least keep Striker Strydom on board!

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