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Cape Summer Sun Sets On Prawns & Stars

Cape Flying winner Kasimir bids to win Diadem Stakes

The sun sets on the Cape Summer Season at Kenilworth on Saturday 23 February when the R400 000 Khaya Stables Gr2 Diadem Stakes takes pride of place in a new slot on the programme.

Longstanding Gr1 winning international owners Khaya Stables are once again the proud sponsor of the Diadem Stakes which will be run over the Kenilworth 1200m straight track.

Lord Randolph wins the 1987 Diadem Stakes

Lord Randolph wins the 1987 Diadem Stakes

The racemeeting will bring the curtain down on the most exciting Cape Summer Season in recent history.The Diadem boasts a proud history spanning 45 years and has been won by some of the great horses to grace our tracks.

A lightning fast son of Royal Affair, Lancaster won the inaugural Diadem in 1974 and the honour roll is littered with champions.

One of the most dominant names on the honour roll is that of now retired trainer Charles Laird. The former handicapper, best remembered as the man who guided the star and top sire National Emblem throughout his illustrious race career in the 1990’s, virtually owned the Diadem in the early part of this century.

Charles Laird with National Emblem

Charles Laird with National Emblem

He won the prestigious sprint with the high-class Nhlavini in 2001, 2002, 2005. The gutsy gelding ran second in 2004. Laird also trained Rebel King who won the Diadem in 2007.

The names of champion sire Captain Al (2000) and rising star What A Winter (2011,2012) also shine brightly in the recent history of the Diadem. Captain Al also had the honour of his son Captain of All winning in 2014.

The 2019 renewal has attracted an entry of 17 headed by Cape Flying Championship winner Kasimir.

The supplementary entries close at 11h00 on Wednesday 13 February and declarations are due 24 hours later.

R400 000 1200m
Weight For Age plus Penalties
4 Kasimir Accepted (4G) 60 117 A Justin Snaith
7 Sergeant Hardy Accepted (5G) 60 112 A Justin Snaith
14 Attenborough (5G) 60 110 BA Joey Ramsden
15 Silicone Valley (8G) 59 114 A Glen Puller
8 Bishop’s Bounty (5G) 59 100 A Justin Snaith
5 Trip To Heaven (7G) 58 111 AT Sean Tarry
16 Speedpoint (4C) 58 109 BA Joey Ramsden
17 Dutch Philip (4G) 58 106 BA Candice Bass-Robinson
13 Sand And Sea (4G) 58 105 A Dennis Drier
12 Tevez (9G) 58 100 A Candice Bass-Robinson
2 Lord Balmoral (AUS) (5G) 58 99 BA Vaughan Marshall
9 Ready Steady Go (4G) 58 93 A Harold Crawford
10 Love To Boogie (5M) 55.5 103 BA Andre Nel
1 Straat-Kind (5M) 55.5 88 AT Andre Nel
3 Chimichuri Run (3C) 55 114 AT Sean Tarry
11 Elusive Trader (3G) 55 98 A Greg Ennion
6 Russet Air (3G) 55 90 A Candice Bass-Robinson

There are three support features on the day, including the Gr3 Prix Du Cap, the Listed Jet Master Stakes and the Listed Kenilworth Cup.

The Khaya Stables Diadem Stakes always attracts top quality fields and  is run on an established popular family raceday that will have visitors enjoying the Seafood Village. With various types of seafood dishes on offer, along with other food stalls to tantalise the taste buds, it is a day not to be missed.

Grilled Prawns with Lemon Butter and Savory Bread

The Summer Market, with a designated kiddies entertainment area, will also be a popular attraction against the backdrop of an exciting day of racing action.

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9 comments on “Cape Summer Sun Sets On Prawns & Stars


    Now, race planners, why on earth couldn’t the Cape Derby be run this Saturday ? Wakey wakey

  2. Jay August says:

    William agree with that point re Cape Derby. The race is losing its relevance with what I term a gimmick race on the same day for 5 times the purse. SA has in any case too many graded races and too many Grade 1 races. We outdo the world average in that regard as a percentage of all races run. The Cape Derby should be moved to February and downgraded to Grade 2 or even 3.


    Jay reasons why I suggest this is – 1) It was at the end of February, the last Saturday.

    Secondly, when asked if it would be beneficial to trainers if the Epsom Derby were to be moved a week or two later on in June, the Late great Sir Henry Cecil said === 5 days later would help.

    He went on to say, that the 3y/o who has prospects for 2000m+ races, can improve exponentially in their 6th & 7th months of training.

    He commented that a horse’s physique and mental maturity, in certain cases, could make a horse unrecognizable from late May to Mid July.

    I just stood there in the Newbury parade ring in 2001, looking and listening. I think it was just before the running of the Greenham Stakes over 1400m.

    1. karel says:

      April 21st 2001. Greenham won by Munir (t.k.h.; trckd ldrs; drvn to ld over 1f out; edgd lft ins last and r.o wl) by 2 1/2 from Frenchmans Bay in 7-horse field as you will recall. Where was Henry?

  4. Hogan Govindsamy says:

    Two weeks before the Classic in Jhb William,Gauteng trainers will say have horse not willing to travel.


    Hogan, couldn’t the Joburg people move the Classic and Derby back 2 weeks …in the national interest of racing ?

  6. Jay August says:

    Henry saddled the filly that won the race just prior, Dubai Duty Free methinks.

    1. karel says:

      Rolly Polly, right you are


    Silly silly Gentlemen. Henry Cecil was attending the meeting.

    I didn’t say he saddled the winner or even a runner. He was interviewed in the parade ring on this separate issue of putting the Derby “back” a few weeks … that’s it.

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