Brutal Force, the highest-priced horse ever sold at public auction in South Africa, makes his debut in the opening maiden at Kenilworth today. Bernard Fayd’Herbe rides.
Joey Ramsden said: “He has been doing well and he will run well but he will need a race before he can win.”
The full brother to Red Ray was bought by Markus Jooste for R1.5 million at last year’s CTS Premier Yearling Sale and was then put into the Durbanville Ready To Run Sale in order to qualify him for the R2 million Lanzerac Ready To Run Stakes in November. Jooste had to go R4.5 million to outbid Mike Azzie and Adriaan van Vuuren.
Weichong Marwing makes a rare visit to Kenilworth on Wednesday. Apart from three trips in the 2011/12 season (Met, Queen’s Plate and international jockeys match) it will be his first time at the Cape Town course for seven seasons.
Three of his seven booked mounts ran on Saturday but he still has Rebel’s Girl and Boston Celtic for Adam Marcus, Deon Visser’s Interface Ace and Chester’s Wish for Joey Ramsden for whom he won the Majorca on Sarabande ten years ago.
Marcus said: “He hasn’t ridden for me before and the last time he rode one of ours was on Jay Peg in Dubai and the horse was with Herman Brown at that stage. But it will be great to have him.”