The Wilgerbosdrift bred (with Mauritzfontein) and owned Mable Syrup made an eye catching debut at Turffontein yesterday. Trained by Mike de Kock, the three-year-old filly showed tremendous courage to win under the urgings of champion jockey Anthony Delpch and score by a long neck over 1160m.

Mable Syrup, who appeared beaten with 400m left to run, is a daughter of champion sire Silvano, also responsible for Wilgerbosdrift’s top class fillies Nightingale (Majorca Stakes) and Orchid Island (Wilgerbosdrift SA Fillies Classic), as well as Sunday’s record breaking Sunshine Sweepstake Algoa Cup winner Nebula.

She is also the second winner produced by the beautifully bred Milk And Honey, whose five wins included the G3 Acacia Handicap, and who also ran second, to champion and July winner Dancer’s Daughter, in the 2009 G1 Empress Club Stakes.

From the same family as US champion and multiple G1 winner Riboletta, Milk And Honey is a daughter of highly successful US sire Belong To Me, the damsire of at least 60 international stakes winners, including champion, and G1 Preakness Stakes winner, Lookin At Lucky.