Lot 18 – SCENT OF EVENING
Bought at the 2017 Emperor’s Palace Select Yearling Sale for R275 000 from Ridgemont Highlands Farm Stud as LOT 105
From the first crop of the top class, Jackson, Scent Of Evening is also the daughter of the Gr.1 winner, Fading Light, whose first two dams were also Gr.1 performers.
Scent Of Evening is a half sister to the dam of high class Red Chestnut Road, who was rumoured to have been subject to an offer of R8 million after his debut win! Red Chestnut Road’s dam is by Fort Wood, so Scented Evening, being by Fort Wood’s grandson Jackson, also comes from the same sire line as her.
An impressive specimen as a yearling, she caught the attention of Lucky Houdalakis and joined his yard after a spell with Julia Pilbeam. Always well regarded by Lucky, she worked upsides the stable’s Gr.2 KZN Oaks winner, Seville Orange, and duly won her maiden on debut well backed. Forced by the then handicapping rules of stepping into an Assessment Plate, she ran subsequent Gr.1 placed Blossom to half a length at level weights and in the process beating Gr.2 SA Nursery winner, Ronnie’s Candy. That gave the yard sufficient confidence to step Scent Of Evening up in class and try her luck in the Gr.2 Gauteng Fillies Guineas.
Not herself, she finished midfield and was rested for the balance of the season to furnish and strengthen into her growing frame. Whilst not yet repeating the form of her Assessment Plate, she ran very well on the weekend finishing a close third in a Graduation Plate and looks set for a successful summer.