The jury is out on whether a lack of match fitness or just a very smart 3yo beat the odds on favourite King Of Pain in Sunday’s R200 000 Gr3 Tekkie Town Winter Guineas run over a mile at Kenilworth. The well fancied Ramsden runner had no answer to the finishing burst of Snaith’s Readytogorightnow.
Anton Marcus flew into town and once again frustrated the local riders by walking away with the feature double, although Superman was less fortunate in the minor races.
The Winter Guineas is the first leg of the Cape Winter Series Triple Crown, won by Pocket Power in years gone by. The KZN bound King Of Pain, who famously beat champion Capetown Noir in the Gr2 Selangor Cup way back in December, was in the red and expected to win it.
Things did not go the son of Greys Inn’s way though.
With the usual Cape hesitancy in pace he was unable to slot in from his 7 draw, and Bernard Fayd’herbe was left with few options other than to take the handsome grey around his field as they went into the turn and he slotted him a length off the Snaith pacemaker Lion’s Roar.
King Of Pain had to run wide as a result and though he moved swiftly forward past a tiring pacemaker as they came for home, he had no answer to the dashing late surge of the Australian bred Readytogorightnow, who went on to win by 1,25 lengths in a time of 100,40 secs.
Ze Kaiser ran on powerfully for third, while Lion’s Roar stayed on for fourth.
The Trippi gelding Paterfamilias disappointed yet again and ran second last, almost ten lengths off the winner.
The winner, who races in the Hassen Adams silver grey and blue silks, was bred by Mr G J Moffitt and is a 3yo gelded son of Southern Halo stallion, More Than Ready.
More Than Ready is a champion first season Sire, a champion 2yo sire in both hemisphere’s, and a sire of the winner or placegetter in the Golden Slipper for the last 5 years.
He is a sire of Champion 2yo’s and Champion older horses like 2012 Doncaster winner More Joyous.
Readytogorightnow is out of an unraced Hurricane Sky mare, Storm Fronts(AUS). She hails from the same family of the brilliant Plattner sprinter, Joie de Grise.
Readytogorightnow is a winner of 3 of his 10 starts with 3 places for stakes of R234 695.
Readytogorightnow may have earned himself a trip to KZN on the Snaith express, while the classy King Of Pain will surely be back to fight another day.