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Klawervlei Bargain Buy Steps Up Again

Crawford-Rix 3yo looks like the real deal!

Just to prove that Katak-type fairytales don’t happen only once every decade, the Crawford-Rix Klawervlei Farm Sale unbeaten bargain buy Kommetdieding made it three wins on the bounce when he beat a quality field to win the Jackpot opener, an MR 96 Handicap, at his first start beyond the sprints at Kenilworth on Saturday.

Sihle Cele steers Kommetdieding to an easy win (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

Owned by Ashwin Reynolds, Kommetdieding made a winning debut in the Klawervlei Farm Sale race back in the dark of the Cape winter, and after following up over the 1200m at his first start as a 3yo on 1 December, produced a professional performance to win over the mile on Saturday.

Many local fans were looking for his name in the Cape Guineas starting line-up, but it’s clear that the vastly experienced father-and-daughter combination of  Harold Crawford and Michelle Rix are not rushing with this fellow.

Regular pilot Sihle Cele, who just adds his own brand of spice to the fairytale as he really has had very few good horses to ride regularly during his career, tracked the leaders Captain Flinders and Rockin’ Ringo into the straight and let Kommetdieding go at the 300m.

Sitting with a double fisted handful, the son of SA Derby winner Elusive Fort (Fort Wood) extended like he had been there before to beat Firealley by a facile 3,50 lengths in a time of 100,10 secs.

The good-looking winner, a R55 000 graduate of the 2019 Klawervlei Farm Sale, is out of the thrice winning Captain Al mare, Adorable. He has a clean sheet in three starts and took his earnings to R231 000 on Saturday.

Kommetdieding, who might not quite boast a name that will roll off the tongue in Mauritius or Hong Kong, looks a very decent sort in the making.

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14 comments on “Klawervlei Bargain Buy Steps Up Again

  1. Ernst Schlechter says:

    This is the real deal! Very impressive and will win the Politician Stakes. Not to sure if to soon but Met sup could be an option! Happy for the connections!

  2. Michael Jacobs says:

    Won impressively, well done to the connections. I still don’t understand why the horse was not enteted for the Guinneas??

    The horse won a feature race on debut, then won again. It beat Russian Rock convincingly. Russian Rock went on to win the Guinneas and had the Queen’s Plate winner behind him! Yet Kommetdieding was not even entered for the Guinneas?! I know hindsight is a perfect science, but the Guinneas is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and you can only run it once! Were rhe connections just scared to take on the “big guns”? Do they not think big enough? I hope they think bigger in the future and have a go in a real feature race! No-one remembers a good handicapper!

    1. Editor says:

      Kommetdieding has accepted next in Politician Stakes on Met day

      Race-6 (Turf) R150 000 1800m
      POLITICIAN STAKES (Grade 3)
      3 year olds

      No Apprentice Allowance
      9 Rascallion (3C) 60 110 A Vaughan Marshall
      4 Crimson King (3G) 60 108 A Glen Kotzen
      5 Hoedspruit Accepted (3G) 60 107 A Justin Snaith
      2 Al Muthana (AUS) (3G) 60 105 A Mike de Kock
      14 Kommetdieding Accepted (3C) 60 104 A HWJ Crawford/M Rix
      10 Red Lark (3G) 60 103 A Andre Nel
      22 My Bestie (3G) 60 101 A Glen Kotzen
      27 Nartjie (3G) 58.5 95 A M Mike de Kock
      3 Noir’s Boy (3C) 58.5 95 A Brett Crawford
      23 Ottoman Empire (3G) 58.5 95 BA Eric Sands
      16 Fast Love (3G) 57 92 A Glen Kotzen
      7 FireAlley (3G) 57 92 A Candice Bass-Robinson
      13 Jaeger Moon (3C) 57 92 A Gavin Smith
      24 Northern Song (3C) 57 92 A Glen Kotzen
      1 Mach Four Accepted (3G) 57 90 A Justin Snaith
      8 Irish Tractor (3G) 55.5 88 A Brett Crawford
      17 Dubai Lights (3G) 55.5 87 A Vaughan Marshall
      20 Magical Midlands (3G) 55.5 86 A Glen Kotzen
      21 Royal Watch Scratched (3C) 55.5 86 A Justin Snaith
      26 Juan Carlos (3C) 55.5 85 A Adam Marcus
      19 Tripple Jet (3G) 54 84 A Candice Bass-Robinson
      11 Kaptein (3C) 54 83 A Brett Crawford
      25 Salvator Mundi (3G) 54 83 A Justin Snaith
      28 Izapha (3G) 54 81 A Andre Nel
      6 Legitimate (3G) 54 81 CA M Dean Kannemeyer
      18 Times New Roman (3G) 54 80 A Glen Kotzen
      12 Captain Who (3C) 54 78 A Adam Marcus
      15 Pink Tourmaline (3F) 53 88 A Brett Crawford
      (28)

  3. Stallone Pillai says:

    Future star

  4. Gavin Kroutz says:

    Well done to the connections. That win was hugely impressive. Just hope that Cele doesn`t get jocked off next run.

  5. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Hier Kom Die Ding – Nice, does look like a Good thing. Well done all concerned. Ja, Michael has been shouting this one for a while – must agree Cape Guineas is Special

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  6. Ian Trimmel says:

    Elusive,Fort won essily over 2400m . My opinion is take the weight allowance in the Met an take them on . Come now Ashwin supplement him . The older crop are not that good anymore. Win a Grade 1. You guys slipped up by not running him in the Guineas and the Queensplate please don’t slip up again. Vat hulle aan .Hier kom n ding.

  7. Geoff Logan says:

    Excellent all round. Now for the Politician Stakes. I know who I will be shouting for!

  8. Riaan van Reenen says:

    Very well done to all the connections of Kom met die ding !!!!! I’m happy to see that good people get a decent horse.
    Ashwin Reynolds you deserve it as you are a true supporter of horse racing in South Africa.
    Tip of the hat to you.
    This looks a decent horse in the making as he is improving with every experience at the track and even as the distance get increased.

    Rightfully as the article suggests tha I saw similar attributes in Katak and hopefully he goes in that same direction as Katak. I think he will and your trainer is doing a sterling job not to throw him in the very deep end just yet.

    Congratulations and many more to you and Lionel Adams and I will be supporting from the sidelines.
    Best regards from Riaan

  9. Barry Dawson says:

    Harold and Michelle have been in horse racing for many years. It was a great ride and win for the stable followed up by two seconds as well .So chuffed for Sihle and a huge congratulations to Ashwin well done boet .

  10. Michael Jacobs says:

    The trainer of Russian Rock “threw him in at the deep end”!? The trainer of Jet Dark “threw him in at an even deeper end”!? But then again, they are not small trainers!

  11. Gavin bechan says:

    Great to see that they loyal to shihe Cele… He has done nothing wrong.. I will always support a underdog… The days that owners get clever that jock off hardworking jocks is when everything goes south

  12. Sean Hendricks says:

    Allow me to clarify a few things.
    Hi Micheal. I’m very close to Ashwin. After kom met die dings 1st win he picked up a little problem and he was given a few months off. Then on his comeback run he was there but not 100% yet. Thus the decision not to take them on in those 2 big 1s as you said and you know us we not afraid of anything. Hi Riaan hope you and your fam are well yes the winter series is big in our minds.

    Well done to Harold for finding this horse. Michele and her staff for taking such good care of him. My Good friend Ashwin give Brandon a share. Lol

  13. Kenny Masilela says:

    Happy for Sihle, hopefully the connections will keep him on all they way. And that jockey, the one that takes all the best rides, can he leave this one alone.

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