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BLOODSTOCK SA CAPE GUINEAS (Grade 1)
Kenilworth Turf 1600m
For all 3-year-old horses
18 December 2010
www.goldcircle.co.zaSolo Traveller became the first progeny of former champion sire Western Winter to win the Bloodstock SA Cape Guineas at Kenilworth on Saturday and the race was a triumph for Mike Rattray’s Lammerskraal Stud but even more so for trainer Justin Snaith and jockey Bernard Fayd’Herbe.
Justin Snaith and Bernard Fayd’Herbe claimed a Cape Guineas double, having won the fillies’ version two weeks ago with the exciting Ebony Flyer. Snaith nearly achieved the same three years ago with filly winner Captain’s Lover and colt runner up Russian Sage, but this was in fact his first triumph in the male version of the race. He made sure of it, claiming a one-two as his Dynasty colt Run For It finished strongly for second. The last trainer to do the Guineas double was the maestro Terrance Millard whose filly Star Effort won both races twenty seasons ago in the 1990/1991 season.
Lammerskraal Stud’s Sally Jordaan was thrilled with the victory. She and Mike Rattray choose only a couple of colts from each crop to race themselves every season so it is highly rewarding when they get it right as they have with Solo Traveller.
Fayd’Herbe had to ride Solo Traveller very strongly in the closing stages, but the horse responded by hitting another gear and his long stride took him through a gap and past Kavanagh. Fayd’Herbe said that the tougher the circumstances the better Solo Traveller liked it. He added that Solo Traveller was still “underdone” so should come on for the run. Solo Traveller is a full-brother to Strawberry Ice who finished second in last season’s KRA Fillies Guineas and was never tried beyond a mile. However, his relaxed demeanour in the running coupled with his long stride and tough character will give him every chance of staying the 2000m of the J&B Met. Furthermore his second dam Taineberry won the Grade 2 Natal Oaks over 2400m. Snaith intimated that Solo Traveller would go for the Met as he felt this season’s three-year-old crop were strong particularly in relation to the older horses still left in the country.
Run For It, who did not have a clear path in the Selangor, relished the longer straight not to mention the skill of Felix Coetzee. He had to be switched around the front bunch to get a run, but it is unlikely he would have beaten Solo Traveller with a straighter path as the latter ran all the way to the line and probably would have found extra if challenged. Snaith intimated that Run For it would be aimed at the Grade 1 Cape Derby over 2000m on J&B Met day. Run For It does have a Vodacom Durban July look about him.
Mike de Kock must have been disappointed once again with Kavanagh, whom he rates highly. Kavanagh quickened very well into the lead, but could not stave off the challengers in the final 100m for the third time in his short career to date. There is no way that jockey Johnny Geroudis could have waited any longer with him as he was behind King Fahiem who had begun to fade. Perana ran a fine race, staying on well. He will be a big runner in the Grade 1 Cape Derby or J&B Met, whichever one he targets, as he clearly needs further. Il Saggiatore also caught the eye as a Cape Derby prospect. He lost two lengths at the start and turned for home last, but was finishing very strongly and was just 2,6 lengths back at the line. Fifth-placed M’Lords Throat ran an excellent race considering he had to come from a very wide draw. He fought on courageously for a long time in the straight from his handy position. Many will say that the race proved that What A Winter, who finished a 2,35 length sixth, didn’t stay. However, he was firstly caught three wide, secondly had to come from a long way back and thirdly appeared to be running on perfectly well until the whip was drawn. He then appeared to become unbalanced and lugged in.
RUN FOR IT
Mike de Kock
Mike de Kock
WHAT A WINTER
IL SAGGIATORE (AUS)
WOLF ON THE FOLD