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.
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.