The terrific run of Captain Rio has continued in both hemispheres this past weekend with his daughter Body and Soul winning her third race in succession when taking out the £250,000 (NZ$487,940) Weatherby's Super Sprint over 5 furlongs at Newbury. Trained by Tim Easterby at York, the two-year-old filly started 9/2 favourite in the hands of Duran Fentiman and has now won three of her four career starts while Saturday's win takes Captain Rio to the head of the Two-year-old Sires Table for Great Britain for 2012 - ahead of New Approach, Red Clubs, Dutch Art, & Exceed and Excel.
Body and Soul began well from barrier 21 and showed good speed to sit behind the speed in the 22-strong field until the furlong marker, finishing strongly to defeat Satsuma (by Compton Place) and Momalorka (by Dutch Art). Easterby who watched the race from York, said: "That was great. She is very game and tough and to win like that was fantastic. This race was the plan from the start and the plan now is the big sales race at the Ebor meeting."
Body and Soul is out of the winning Foxhound mare Goodwood March, a half sister to the stakes placed horses Nice Tune and Play That Tune.
In New Zealand the Sylvia Kay trained Aunt Daisy scored a gutsy win over 1200m at Trentham, leading for most of the journey to hold out Golden Miss who she gave 1.5kg in weight too and continued a purple patch of form for the home-bred mare. Aunt Daisy has now won six races for her owners Paddy and Sylvia Kay and has the marvelous record of not finishing further back then third in her last 8 starts. Captain Rio is in fifth position on the New Zealand General Sire's List with earnings of $1,050,950 and represents great value at a service fee of just $7,250 + GST.