The Cape Town Prawn Festival will bring the curtain down on an eventful Cape Summer Of Champions Season at Kenilworth on Saturday 24 February, where the R250 000 Gr3 Prix Du Cap will headline the programme.
While recovering from major shoulder surgery, one man with a penchant for winning this feature, and for good quality seafood, is Milnerton conditioner Joey Ramsden.
Popularly known as ‘JR’, he is the most successful trainer in the Vasco Prix du Cap in recent years with five winners in 13 seasons, and has the two highest-rated fillies entered in the 2018 renewal.
Tabnews reports that Just Sensual, who now races under new ownership. has to give weight to all for her success in the Cape Fillies Guineas, but that penalty didn’t stop her winning this race last season. And she beat all except Carry On Alice in the South African Fillies Sprint at Scottsville last May before winning the Tibouchina at Greyville and the Southern Cross at Kenilworth in December.
She looks like being opposed by younger stable companion Rose In Bloom, who ran a cracker in the Gr1 Klawervlei Majorca last month after beating all except Magical Wonderland in the Sceptre. The Ramsden pair are drawn three and seven and the draw is always a significant factor in races over this distance.
Captain’s Flame was second in last year’s race – beaten less than half a length by Just Sensual – and her trainer Andre Nel has also nominated Love To Boogie who won at Durbanville last Saturday.
Michael Robinson-trained Goodtime Gal was sixth in last season’s race while Brett Crawford, successful with Cuvee Brut in 2016, has nominated both Louisiana and Seattle Gold.
Candice Bass-Robinson and Glen Kotzen are also doubly represented.
Gates open at 11h00 on the day and entrance is free!
Supplementary entries close on Friday 16 February, with declarations on Monday 19 February.
VASCO PRIX DU CAP (Grade 3)
|2||Captain’s Flame||Andre Nel||96|
|8||Elusive Heart||Glen Kotzen||94|
|5||Final Judgement||Glen Kotzen||90|
|9||Goodtime Gal||Michael Robinson||100|
|3||Just Sensual||Joey Ramsden||105|
|4||Love To Boogie||Andre Nel||91|
|10||Miss Katalin||Justin Snaith||93|
|7||Rose In Bloom||Joey Ramsden||102|
|13||Seattle Gold||Brett Crawford||92|
|14||Whose That Girl||Candice Bass-Robinson||91|