Cape racing’s first feature of the season, the R150 000 Listed Sophomore Sprint, will be run at Kenilworth on Saturday.
Run over the Kenilworth straight 1200m, the race is restricted to 3yo’s and the weights are framed with a base of 52kgs for maidens and one-time winners, with each additional win attracting a 2kg penalty. Over and above that, Graded and Listed winners are hit with penalties.
Dean Kannemeyer’s award-winning Vercingetorix son African Warrior is a four-time winner – his CV includes successes in the Gr2 Umkhomazi Stakes (3kgs) and the Listed Godolphin Barb (1kg).
The Sophomore weights show that he has to give away a minimum of 8kgs to all of his opposition, while he is rated 6kg and more above the rest.
|4||African Warrior||(3G)||60||112||A||Dean Kannemeyer|
|3||Finding Camelot||(3C)||52||100||A||Brett Crawford|
|1||$King Of Gems||(3C)||52||98||A||Brett Crawford|
|12||#Captain Tatters||Accepted||(3G)||52||96||A||Justin Snaith|
|8||Three Two Charlie||(3G)||52||94||A||Candice Bass-Robinson|
|10||Ground Control||(3G)||52||93||A||Vaughan Marshall|
|5||#Call Me Al||(3C)||52||90||A||Michael Robinson|
|2||Warrior Tiger||(3G)||52||90||A||Piet Botha|
|9||#Jean’s Man||Scratched||(3C)||52||88||A||Bill Prestage|
|9||$Quintay (ARG)||(3G)||52||88||A||Adam Marcus|
|7||*I Did What I Did||(3G)||52||0||A||Mike Stewart|
|3||#Casino Queen||Scratched||(3F)||51.5||94||A||Justin Snaith|
Most noteworthy of recent winners of the Sophomore are 2012 victor Tevez and Hong Kong export Strongman – the latter, who won the race in 2013, raced under the name of Horse Of Fortune in the East.
Kannemeyer has not won the race previously.
Declarations are due at 11h00 on Monday 2 September.
Read the full preview in next weekend’s Sporting Post.