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Prawns And The Pacific

Muddling pace - and then the sprint for home...!

In front of a crowd suggested by some observers to be possibly larger than Sun Met day, the R150 000 Listed Kenilworth Cup jumped in front of the stands and got the Cape Summer Season feature finale jackpot out of the gates under glorious summer skies.

Aldo Domeyer keeps Pacific Chestnut at his task to beat Keagan de Melo on the gallant Cedar Man (Pic – Chase Liebenberg Photography)

The Prawn Festival day has proven a great crowd puller and the seventh renewal boasted its largest attendance yet as the increased marketing efforts paid dividends – even though the science and mathematics of the lure of the prawn versus the place accumulator may require more analysis in time to come.

Run at a muddling crawl and sprint, the seven strong field was led for much of the 3200m trip by the tough Pomodoro 3yo Cedar Man, who did everything but withstand a strong late rally by the year older Pacific Chestnut.

In the run for home, the sprint produced a range of possible winners, but it was Pacific Chestnut who came back strongly under Aldo Domeyer to hold off the gallant Cedar Man by 0,30 in a time of 215,37 secs.

Ballad Of The Sea was always thereabouts and stayed on for third.

This was a first stakes success for Pacific Chestnut who took his stakes tally to R253 100 with two wins and six places from 17 starts.

Saturday’s crowd (Pic – Chase Liebenberg Photography)

Trained by Candice Bass-Robinson, the winner was bred by Daytona Stud and is a son of the great Horse Chestnut (Fort Wood) out of the five time winner Pacific Charm (Sportsworld), who also won up to 3200m.

The form probably needs to be taken with a  pinch of salt – but it’s the way they race down here.

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16 comments on “Prawns And The Pacific

  1. Tony Ridgway says:

    A shocking race meeting. People were there to eat prawns, not support racing. Apart from one or two races, the meet was devoid of atmosphere, small fields, and smacks of an end of an era, never mind end of season. Inept commentators, amateurish coverage. Times are-a-changing big time; the romance of great racing is dying, BIG TIME. I am crying for Cape racing, as I write this.

  2. Jason L says:

    It’s time to start a loyalty program for regular racegoers , the support will come !! Respect for racing must not be compromised – there are no discos at Ascot ,put out a pamphlet for newcomers explaining the etiquette – make them feel like it is a privilege to watch the magnificent spectacle .

  3. Steve Reid says:

    It’s all about the sideshows these days due to a dearth of ideas from those that “manage” the business. Was there an entrance fee to get in yesterday? Any betting vouchers coupled to that? I have no idea but would think if you had 5000 plus in and 10% of those fluked a winning bet you may just see them again having a bet at some stage.

    Perhaps it’s not about the horses after all?

  4. Michael Jacobs says:

    Without a doubt, the Prawn festival race day was the best racing event by far for the Cape Summer. It was far more enjoyable than the Met and the Queen’s Plate. It was a day of fun and excitement , with ordinary people and regular racegoers enjoying a glorious Cape Summer day. The course had a buzz, and non racegoers were animated whenever a race was in progress. The sponsor Mr Bryn Ressel certainly catered for everybody, from the “larney” uppercrust to the ordinary folk from the Cape Flats! He should be complemented for his endeavour to bring all walks of life together at the races. A good man indeed! The spot prizes was another great touch to keep people excited throughout the day

    I have no doubt that going forward the Prawn festival will become the flagship racemeeting of Cape Town!

  5. Roderick Mattheyse says:

    the operators could not guarantee that betting vouchers would not end up in the hands of underage patrons – you either think out of the box or are the box itself

  6. Steve Reid says:

    So you either the most gullible person I know or the stupidest. Are you now the spokesperson for the operator, or is this your considered opinion? Can the operators guarantee that cash does not fall into the hands of underage patrons on any day, thus enabling underage betting? Box stays a box it seems.

  7. B Steele says:

    Mr Jacobs glad you are so happy ,but ,I fancy you could have racing at Durbanville and a prawn festival at Kenilworth and get the same crowd.Its nice to have a big crowd but how many of those same people will be back for tomorrow’s meeting or will we see them only at next years prawn feast.
    Where have those crowds from the Flats that used to pack the parade ring at both tracks and give Garth,Appie,and Dana such a hard time .Those are the folks we want at the track ,don’t you think

  8. B Steele says:

    Which box are are you two blokes talking about .The one you race from on a good day or the Afrikaans version?

  9. Paul Karam says:

    Steve Reid ignorance is bliss among THE USUAL SUSPECT’S,

  10. Pieta says:

    Marcus, are you suggesting that the operators and their window staff cannot spot an underaged punter?…..

  11. Roderick Mattheyse says:

    gullible and stupid and then eventually i see the light, profuse apologies that the message i sent was construed as aimed at you – i was informed that a previous attempt at linking entrance fees and betting vouchers fell foul of a gambling board – and the box comment was aimed at the operators who cannot seem to come up with a solution.

    But i must also add a disclaimer so as to avoid confusion, my information was not gleaned over the air from a stranglehold gained as rewards for rental advances

  12. Steve Reid says:

    Your feeble attempt at an apology is accepted. Rather stick to punting your mates horses when they are tipped to you than doing a Carte Blance because you not too good. I would be over the moon if you did.

  13. Rod Mattheyse says:

    I have no mates I’m a Lone Sailor

  14. Steve Reid says:

    10/1 winner winner Chicken dinner, can elevate mere acquaintances to bosom buddies in a 4,75l blink of the eye. Pity I’m on the wagon but then again my nates don’t have to tip me winners or buy me supper, they just have to arrive.

  15. B steele says:

    It’s plain to see why

  16. Rod Mattheyse says:

    Or turn acquaintances to mortal enemies when they let 10/1 fly by. If perchance an intimate date was missed, and only perchance, swiping left could be harsh even to a Lone Sailor.

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