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Reshuffled feature day

The Cape Summer Season will reach a fitting climax on 22 February at Kenilworth when a reshuffled feature day sees the sun setting on a terrific three months of entertaining racing down South.

The reshuffle heralds another ‘mega day’ of racing just three weeks after the Sun Met.

Kozten’s Viva Rio – serious Derby candidate (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

There has been plenty of debate as to the wisdom of running the colts’ and fillies nurseries so early in the season.

Moving the two races earlier in the year was apparently done in the hope of attracting bigger fields , as well as creating an additional opportunity for youngsters who did not win the Juvenile Stakes on Met Day.

But as it stands at close of first entries this morning, only thirteen entries were received for the Kenilworth Fillies Nursery. And due to insufficient entries, the Gr3 Cape Of Good Hope Nursery has been reopened and closes Tuesday 11 February at 11h00, with current entries standing.

That seems to be an endorsement by trainers that the reprogramming hasn’t yet had the desired effect.

The Cape Derby was moved off Sun Met day, supposedly allowing the top 3yo’s to run in both the Met and the classic.

This has also not been borne out by the quality fifteen strong entry received.

 R1 000 000 2000m
CAPE DERBY (Grade 1)
For 3-year-olds

4 Viva Rio (3G) 60 118 A Glen Kotzen
5 King Of Gems (3C) 60 109 AT Brett Crawford
11 Sachdev (3G) 60 108 A Justin Snaith
3 Padre Pio (3G) 60 105 A Dennis Bosch
1 Silver Host (3G) 60 102 A Justin Snaith
12 Cane Lime ‘n Soda (3C) 60 100 BA Vaughan Marshall
7 Parterre (3C) 60 100 A Brett Crawford
9 Super Silvano (3C) 60 100 A Brett Crawford
14 Sir Michael (3C) 60 99 A Dean Kannemeyer
8 Azores (3G) 60 92 A Dean Kannemeyer
10 It’s Complex (3C) 60 91 AT Vaughan Marshall
2 Golden Ducat (3G) 60 89 a Eric Sands
13 On My Mind (3C) 60 89 AT Sean Tarry
15 Arctic Drift (3G) 60 85 A Candice Bass-Robinson
6 Invisible (3F) 57.5 95 AT Sean Tarry

Dean Kannemeyer’s smart debut winner of Saturday Delta Queen is one of thirteen fillies entered for the fairer sex 2yo feature.

Kannemeyer’s impressive Var debut winner, Delta Queen (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

R200 000 1200m
For 2 yof R60 000 Win BSA Bonus SeriesNo Apprentice Allowance
8 *Beach Bound (2F) 60 0 A Vaughan Marshall
4 #Captain’s Flo (2F) 60 0 A Piet Botha
3 #Delta Queen (2F) 60 0 A Dean Kannemeyer
12 #Eye Catching (2F) 60 0 A Vaughan Marshall
11 #Favorita (2F) 60 0 A Justin Snaith
13 #FiftyShadesDarker (2F) 60 0 A Candice Bass-Robinson
1 #French Fling (2F) 60 0 A Vaughan Marshall
7 #Mifid Two (2F) 60 0 A Glen Kotzen
10 #Miss Generosity (2F) 60 0 A Corrie Lensley
2 Musical Glitch (2F) 60 0 A Glen Kotzen
5 Stuck On You (2F) 60 0 A Justin Snaith
9 #Trickster (2F) 60 0 A Justin Snaith
6 #Trippin The Stars (2F) 60 0 A Justin Snaith

Candice Bass-Robinson’s progressive Gr1 Cape Flying Championship winner Russet Air is one of twelve entries for the R350 000 Khaya Stables Diadem Stakes.

Candice Bass-Robinson’s Cape Flying Championship winner Russet Air (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

R350 000 1200m
Weight For Age plus Penalties
WFA: 3yrs-3kgs
No Apprentice Allowance
8 Kasimir (5G) 60 128 A Justin Snaith
12 Chimichuri Run (4C) 60 126 BAT Sean Tarry
1 Russet Air (4G) 60 123 A Candice Bass-Robinson
7 Undercover Agent (5H) 59 122 AT Brett Crawford
4 Bold Respect (5G) 58 122 A M Brett Crawford
6 Search Party (7G) 58 115 A M Brett Crawford
2 Pleasedtomeetyou (4G) 58 112 A Andre Nel
11 Fabian (4G) 58 108 BA Candice Bass-Robinson
9 Elusive Trader (4G) 58 106 A Greg Ennion
5 Ready Steady Go (5G) 58 105 A HWJ Crawford/M Rix
10 Run Fox Run (AUS) (4F) 56.5 122 A Brett Crawford
3 Seventh Gear (3G) 55 103 A Dean Kannemeyer

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4 comments on “Cape Derby Day Entries

  1. Dennis Isaacs says:

    Where is Mcthief for the Derby??

  2. Beach Boy says:

    “The Cape Derby was moved off Sun Met day, supposedly allowing the top 3yo’s to run in both the Met and the classic.”

    Was it not rather to allow the top 3 year olds who qualify for the 5m races to also run the Derby? Because, in previous years, the likes of One World and Twist of Fate ignored the Derby and went for the money instead.

    The entries this year then do support the change. E.g., Sachdev will be a huge runner but would surely not have run the Derby if it had been kept to Met day.

    1. Editor says:

      Beach Boy, you are probably on the right track
      The statement we quoted comes from an official word on the rationale behind the moves

    2. Editor says:

      Beach Boy. we tracked the original communication from Kenilworth Racing- quoted in full below:
      There have been some important changes to the WC feature races for the upcoming Summer Season:
      The Sun Met is being run on the first Saturday in February;
      The Cape Fillies Guineas has been moved to the second Saturday in December and the Cape Guineas to the 3rd Saturday in December, allowing 3 weeks from Gauteng’s Dingaans at the end of November and the Highveld’s Fillies Mile will be run 3 weeks before the Cape Fillies Guineas;
      The Cape Derby has been moved off Sun Met day towards the end of February, allowing the top threeyear-olds to run in both the Sun Met and the Derby. The movement of the Derby means that thePolitician Stakes (Derby Trial) moves off LQP day and onto Sun Met day;
      The Diadem Stakes, Prix du Cap, Cape of Good Hope Nursery and Kenilworth Fillies Nursery have movedto 22nd February, creating another ‘Mega Day’ of racing 3 weeks after the Sun Met. Moving the 2 Nurseries earlier in the year is in the hopes of attracting bigger fields as well as an additional opportunity for youngsters who did not win the Juvenile Stakes on Met Day

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