The R1,7 million Captain Al colt Regimental, owned by an illustrious group of owners, caught the eye on debut at Durbanville on Saturday when he went all the way at odds-on to seal a coup for his backers.
Ridden by the SMG Cape Town-sponsored Corne Orffer, Regimental proved too strong for the persistent and more experienced Gold Medal in the second race, a 1250m Maiden Plate, and went on to win by 0,40 lengths in a time of 76,23 secs.
He was purchased for R1,7 million at the 2017 Cape Premier Yearling Sale and is out of US six-time winner Crazy About Me (Lawyer Ron).
He is owned by former Mayfair Speculators Racing Manager Derek Brugman in partnership with an international mix of owners, including Mr and Mrs Antony Beck, Anna Doyle, Kip Elser of US-based Kirkwood Stables, Dr Jill Warner of Carry On Alice fame and Henry Bozo of French-based Ecurie des Monceaux.
The Brett Crawford stable comments, published by courtesy of Phumelela Publishing, caught some punters wrong-footed as they had indicated that the obviously smart colt ‘should need the run’. He behaved like a professional and won easily.
The Klawervlei Stud-bred galloper was snapped up from 7-2 and backed into the red before easing to an official starting price of 11-10.
On the Brett Crawford Racing website, it is stated that Regimental is ‘a nice colt, and may be green on debut. Each way chance’.
Assistant Barry Donnely was quoted on Saturday suggesting that Regimental ‘was going places and should have a money chance.’
The topliner of the sunny afternoon was a scratching decimated R140 000 Pinnacle Stakes run over 1400m.
The deceptive style of East Cape Champion Greg Cheyne produced the goods as he showed cracking judgement to get Ready Steady Go home, ahead of Catkin, Zeb and the gallant Star Chestnut, who was returned from an eight month break. It was a thriller with only 0,55 lengths separating the top four.
Agent Of Fortune was never in the hunt and he looks much better than this.
Richard Fourie and Justin Snaith were in fine form again, with a well-taken four-timer, Fourie picked up five winners, and eight in two days after his hat-trick at Fairview on Friday!