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Big Guns Show Their Faces

Cape racing quality on the up

The Matchem Stakes raceday at Durbanville this coming Saturday was an acknowledged  launching pad for the Cape Summer Of Champions season for years.

With all the meddling and fiddling around the programme, the season was initially shrunk and then extended to February – now commencing with the WSB Cape Fillies Guineas on 4 December.

Snaith star Captain’s Ransom makes season debut in Diana on Saturday (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

Without any discernible hype from Cape Racing, we must assume that the Cape Summer Season proper only gets under way in just over two months from now and that the Cape Derby – moved from its Met day slot last year to accommodate the Asian Racing Conference – stays put in late February.

This is intended to give the 3yo’s that warrant it, a tilt at both the Met and Derby.

The Met is back in its last Saturday in January slot, and the Cape Guineas is run a fortnight after the fairer sex equivalent – thus giving the Gauteng 3yo’s a 21 day gap between that classic and their homeground test.

While we are informed that the operator is working on it, sponsors appear to be lacking, with nothing yet announced for the Met and both of Saturday’s Cape features being contested unbranded.

Both races are run at weight-for-age plus penalties, with the males attracting 24 entries versus the 10 of the girls.

(Turf) R100 000 1400m
Fillies and Mares at Weight For Age + Penalties
WFA: 3yrs-7kgs 4yrs-0.5kgs
No Apprentice Allowance
10 Captain’s Ransom Accepted (4F) 59.5 126 A Justin Snaith
1 Capitana (5M) 57 101 A M Brett Crawford
4 Scented Mistress (4F) 56.5 116 BA Vaughan Marshall
8 Marina (4F) 56.5 108 BA Candice Bass-Robinson
9 Major Attraction Accepted (4F) 56.5 100 A Justin Snaith
3 Really Royal Accepted (4F) 56.5 100 A Justin Snaith
5 La Quinta Scratched (4F) 56.5 96 A Justin Snaith
7 Marmalisa (4F) 56.5 96 A Candice Bass-Robinson
6 So Flawless (4F) 56.5 96 A Andre Nel
2 Veronica Mars (4F) 56.5 95 A Justin Snaith

Cosmic Highway – top class and could take his chances (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

While Dean Kannemeyer will be considering his options with the promising 3yo Cosmic Highway having pulled a pole position gate, the Matchem looks to again host a quality mix of the generations.

(Turf) R125 000 1400m
Open at Weight For Age + Penalties
WFA: 3yrs-7kgs 4yrs-0.5kgs
No Apprentice Allowance
8 Russian Rock (4G) 59.5 119 A Dean Kannemeyer
3 Kasimir (7G) 59 125 A Justin Snaith
9 Nexus Accepted (6G) 59 117 A Justin Snaith
21 Seeking The Stars (4C) 57.5 121 BA Vaughan Marshall
13 Hoedspruit (4G) 57.5 108 A Justin Snaith
24 Doublemint Scratched (7G) 57 114 A M Justin Snaith
4 Silver Operator (5G) 57 114 A Vaughan Marshall
14 Sachdev Accepted (5G) 57 108 A Justin Snaith
18 Wild Coast Accepted (5H) 57 107 AT Justin Snaith
16 Snow Report (5G) 57 105 A Candice Bass-Robinson
17 Super Silvano (5G) 57 105 BA Brett Crawford
7 Majestic Mozart (6G) 57 104 A Candice Bass-Robinson
10 Captain Flinders (5G) 57 103 A Eric Sands
12 Pinkerton (5G) 57 103 A Justin Snaith
20 Seventh Gear (5G) 57 101 A Dean Kannemeyer
19 Cat Daddy (6G) 57 99 BA Glen Kotzen
11 Mount Anderson (5G) 57 98 BA Dean Kannemeyer
2 Speed Machine Accepted (4G) 56.5 111 A Justin Snaith
5 Global Drummer (4G) 56.5 110 A Gavin Smith
22 His Choice (4G) 56.5 101 BA Andre Nel
6 Hyde Park Scratched (4G) 56.5 98 A Justin Snaith
23 Legitimate (4G) 56.5 97 CA M Dean Kannemeyer
15 Adios Amigos (4C) 56.5 92 A Candice Bass-Robinson
1 Cosmic Highway (3C) 51 108 A Dean Kannemeyer

Declarations are due by 11h00 on Monday.

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22 comments on “Big Guns Show Their Faces

  1. M(artin)Gram(matica) says:

    100 grand for a Grade 3? Sis

  2. Neill says:

    No confirmed sponsor yet for the Met as per this article? Is horse racing losing its attractiveness as a promotional medium? Just wondering … .

    1. Editor says:

      Good question Neill


    No need to wonder Neill and that is not been cynical to your question.

    Our racing product has as close to Zero value, as one can calculate, as a promotional tools for big companies. So much so, that they are running scared.

    So compromised is the inner workings or corridors of SA racing… as at today, SA racing has never been more polarized and/or defragmented.


    And then, those beautiful horses just want to please

  5. Dev Govender says:

    There’s no such thing as a perfect racing programme but I think that, during the 1980s, the powers that be largely got it right. Races like the Cape Derby and Cape Flying Championship are important races in their own right and deserve to headline a Saturday meeting on their own, as opposed to the recent practice of lumping them in on Met day. If there is now going to a separate Derby meeting and a bigger gap between the fillies and colts Guineas, that’s at least a step in the right direction.

    The idea of Champions Days and Super Saturdays, etc, is exciting on paper because it brings together the best horses in multiple big races on the same day. But in the bigger picture, it is detrimental to racing because:

    1. We end up with a feast or famine situation where there are just a few big days to look forward to and in between we have these very poor Saturday meetings with no feature races on the card. Contrast this to the old days where you could look forward to at least one feature race every Saturday during the high season of each province.

    2. Traditionally the great fillies could win the Guineas, Oaks, etc against their own sex, then come out a few weeks later to take on the colts in the Guineas, Derby, etc. Same with the SA Fillies Sprint, where the winner had a month to prepare to take on open company in the Gilbeys Stakes. The programme in recent years no longer allows for this.


    Mr. Dev Govender, I couldn’t agree with you more. The Big Race Days must centre around the BIG RACE only.

    Your point 1 could not be more meaningful and thought provoking.

    Those combo meetings kill the rest of a claimed exciting season. It has killed the 3 regional seasons.

    Now we are left with the 4th season, The Dark Side.

    Good on you for highlighting home truths, Sir

  7. Neill says:

    William/Pieta, from your previous posts it sounds as if attending the Arc is the ultimate experience in racing, the Holy Grail. I had a small bet on the Arc only once (years ago) and not being familiar with the horses I picked a jockey – Christophe Soumillon – who duly won, much to my delight.
    So I made up my mind to see if I can repeat that fluke again, come 3 October, not even knowing if Soumillon has a ride. I had a look at the ante post betting just now and much to my surprise Soumillon is on the early favourite!


    Hi Neill, and the reasoning behind that is that there’s a chance that the weather may be a little unsettled in Paris on Sunday.

    That means that the the going might not be as firm as expected.

    You do know that the French are a rather fragile lot, they just might get damp and start shrinking.

    It is thought that the possible softer going might not suit Chrono Genisis ..so that’s my money gone West.

    Adayar did really well in the good to soft at Epsom, as did Snowfall.

    The more wet/heavy it gets, the more Alenquer will benefit.

    So most are awaiting Sunday morning’s weather situation.

  9. Pieta says:

    Hi William and Neill,

    The weird thing for me at the time…..most of the local French folks are not there for all the races…..they are in and out just for the big one.


    Correct Pieta, the French pitch up for the Aviance and ambiance.

    Snowfall & Adayar have now been supplemented for 120 000 Euro’s each.

    In 2005, I met a lady @ Longchamps, her name Angelique Archambeau. She swept me off my feet, it was true love and we planned to get engaged the following March.

    Out of the blue she disappeared ! I found out 2 months thereafter she left me for a stupid billionaire property developer and was holidaying in the Bahamas.

    She broke my heart, that woman did. All 120 000 Euro’s of it

  11. Neill says:

    Aha William, this mysterious mademoiselle must have had a certain je ne sais quoi that enthralled you, n’est-ce pas?
    (that’s just about the total extent of my French vocabulary)
    By the way, I think the ladies are going to be dominant in this year’s Arc – Tarnawa, Snowfall, Chrono Genesis and, wait for it…Love !!

  12. Pieta says:

    William, Elke sport het sy beseerings….vergeet nou van die auntie en tip my n perd wat ek saam met Deep Bond in n swinger kan vat. Merci.

  13. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Hi William, die Merrie het jou gelos vir n ander Hings. Silly woman, sy kon Nou Lekker in die Kaap gebly het.


    Good one, Neill !

    Let’s see if that bad weather arrives on Sunday, I’m really unsure at the moment.

    Pieta, and the other weird thing about Arc day is the running of the Abbaye on the other side of ‘Paris’.

    It’s almost like the race in run under quarantine or in isolation from the rest of the vibe ?

  15. david mollett says:

    William M are you still in the corner of Chrono Genesis for Arc? If so I think you could be right so worth a punt around 9-1. Oisin Murphy bullish saying: “she’s got no chinks in her armour.”
    However, I backed Raabihah each-way at 40-1 when betting opened – she’ll love it if ground is soft.
    If Arc bets go down the tube – get out of jail on Berneuil in the Prix de L’Abbaye off at 5.25 SA Time.


    Hello David, if it comes about that it’s soft on Sunday I won’t be confident about Chrono Genesis’s win chances. She did run once in Japan on yielding & won but their yielding to Longchamp’s soft is like chalk and cheese.

    Just like Kenilworth’s soft as opposed to that of other courses, there’s no comparison.

    As we are talking about overseas weekend racing, I thought I will highlight to the SP Bloggers that Ryan Moore had already been declared to ride a 2 y/o in a Maiden Stakes race @ Newmarket on Saturday.

    First Officer in race 5, Moore was declared to ride on Monday night amid 40 nominations.

    He’s a Galileo, going over 1400m for the first time. It might amount to nothing at all, but there it is.

  17. david mollett says:

    Hi, David, your Newmarket horse is trained by Roger Varian. Cannot believe my two Arc fancies, Chrono Genesis and Raabihah, have drawn gates 14 and 15! Tough from there.


    Hello Cecil, it’s her loss as a make a fantastic cup of tea.

    Cecil, will the next generation or your children know about racing here in 20 years, what do you think, ou Maat ?

  19. Neill says:

    I’m sure I still saw 25/1 to 33/1 on Love earlier in the week for the Arc. Paddy Power in the UK now has it at 12/1.
    Locally Hollywoodbets at 16/1.
    Market support or just a final field betting adjustment ?

  20. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Naand Se William. NO, only overseas racing will be available to this and next generation. I so badly want to be wrong on this one. Sad, not 1 of my 3 sons has any interest in racing. Yet they all play lucky numbers, Sport bets online… All signed up outside Supermarkets by famous KZN Bookmaker..

    Our Racing Administrators have their work cut out to convince or lure these young guns over to Racing, but hey, they to busy – with fokkol

    Albert Falls Greetings … Yippee, Level 1 –

    Mr Ed, Hoe Gaan dit – will I be able to go to Scottsville soon..

  21. david mollett says:

    Interesting story by Charl Pretorius on Racinginternationalbureau website. He says Alistair Cohen has accepted an offer to call in Dubai for their forthcoming season.
    There is both a negative and a plus to this.
    Alistair is a talented young man who is correct to make the move, but he’s Tellytrack’s jack-of-all trades not only commentating but also a studio presenter and show host.
    The plus factor is that this may herald the return of Nico Kritsiotis who – for a reason that hasn’t been divulged – never had his contract renewed 15 months ago and hasn’t called since then.

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