Another Great Day Of Racing Ahead On Saturday

First Grade 1 of Summer Festival Of Racing

After a humdinger opening last Sunday, a bumper card heralds the first Saturday meeting back at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on 2 December, with the R1 250 000 WSB Gr1 Cape Fillies Guineas the headliner. The historic race is also the first Cape Grade 1 contest of the season.

Fourteen high-class sophomores will line up in the fairer sex clash, with five visitors looking to follow in the hoofprints of the grey flyer Majmu, who was the last ‘away’ winner when scoring for Mike de Kock and Anthony Delpech in 2014.

Sean Tarry’s star Mrs Geriatrix, currently 6-1 with Hollywoodbets, will be keen to bounce back after suffering her first defeat when running fifth in the Western Cape Fillies Championship behind the progressive Rascova last time.

Mrs G has drawn 13 at her first start at the Southern Suburbs venue, while Rascova has a nice gate at 5, and should relish the step up to the mile.

Rascova wins the Western Cape Fillies Championship – can she follow up on Saturday? (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

R1 250 000 1600m 15:35 Ref-216
1st R742187.5, 2nd R237500, 3rd R118750, 4th R59375, 5th R29687.5, RCIS R62500
For 3 year-old Fillies
No Apprentice / Female Sex Allowance
1 1 Double Grand Slam 60 104 A Grant van Niekerk Justin Snaith
2 2 Cala Muretta 60 101 A Piere Strydom HWJ Crawford/M Rix
3 3 Japanese Rose 60 92 A Bernard Fayd’Herbe Brett Crawford
4 4 Luna Halo 60 103 A Luyolo Mxothwa Alan Greeff
5 5 Rascova 60 110 A Craig Zackey Glen Kotzen
6 6 Royals 60 103 A Philasande Mxoli Glen Kotzen
7 7 Red Palace 60 93 A Anthony Andrews Candice Bass-Robinson
8 8 Silver Sanctuary 60 107 A Juan Paul v’d Merwe Mike de Kock
9 9 Secret Identity 60 94 A Raymond Danielson HWJ Crawford/M Rix
10 10 Just Be Lekker 60 99 A Gavin Lerena Candice Dawson
11 11 Francine 60 98 BA Kabelo Matsunyane M G Azzie/A A Azzie
12 12 Beach Bomb 60 98 A Aldo Domeyer Candice Bass-Robinson
13 13 Mrs Geriatrix 60 112 A Richard Fourie Sean Tarry
14 14 Distant Winter 60 108 A Gareth Wright Candice Bass-Robinson
Same Trainer
(2,9) (5,6) (7,12,14)

Mike de Kock saddles the exciting Silver Sanctuary (6-1), a winner at her last start of the Listed Summer Pudding Handicap on her Turffontein home ground. The daughter of Silvano is drawn in midfield and looks decent value at the price.

Justin Snaith last lifted the sought-after trophy in 2017 with Snowdance.

The SA champion saddles recent Western Cape Fillies Championship runner-up Double Grand Slam, who jumps from pole position and is currently 7-2 favourite with Hollywoodbets.  A R1 million National Yearling Sale purchase, she looks sure to enjoy the mile and could give Grant van Niekerk his second success after Chansonette upset the applecart in 2021.

Candice Dawson saddled Saturday’s Betway Summer Cup Consolation winner Perfect Witness and will be hoping that her William Longsword daughter Just Be Lekker can make the step up in class and to the mile. She has a tough gate to beat.

While the fillies classic will hold pride of place, the appearance of KZN star See It Again, Charles Dickens and SA Horse Of The Year Princess Calla in the R600 000 WSB Gr2 Green Point Stakes will also be a major attraction.

See It Again – makes a welcome return to action in the Cape on Saturday (Pic – Candiese Lenferna)

 R600 000 1600m 15:00 Ref-215
1st R356250, 2nd R114000, 3rd R57000, 4th R28500, 5th R14250, RCIS R30000
Weight For Age plus Penalties
WFA: 3yrs-6kgs 4yrs-0kgs
No Apprentice / Female Sex Allowance
1 1 Rascallion 59 122 A Bernard Fayd’Herbe Vaughan Marshall
2 2 See It Again 60 131 BA Piere Strydom Michael Roberts
3 3 At My Command 58 114 A Craig Zackey Brett Crawford
4 4 Princess Calla 57.5 127 A Richard Fourie Sean Tarry
5 5 FireAlley 58 104 BA Morne Winnaar Candice Bass-Robinson
6 6 Al Muthana (AUS) 60 129 A Gavin Lerena Ricky Maingard
7 7 Charles Dickens 60 132 A Aldo Domeyer Candice Bass-Robinson
8 8 Royal Aussie 58 118 A Grant van Niekerk Justin Snaith
Same Trainer

Both See It Again and Charles Dickens won their season debut contests, while Princess Calla will be smarting after being beaten by lesser light King Regent at Hollywoodbets Durbanville.

The third Festival meeting on Sunday 10 December, features the Gr2 Cape Merchants, followed by another action-packed day on Saturday 16 December, which will see the running of the Gr1 Hollywoodbets Cape Guineas, the Gr3 Ridgemont Peninsula Handicap, and the Gr3 Hollywoodbets Victress Stakes.

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