Charles Takes On Rockpool In Cape Derby

This could be a terrific season climax

In a move that will create plenty of excitement and debate, star 3yo Charles Dickens will line up in the R1,5 million Gr1 Cape Derby at the final meeting of the Hollywoodbets Kenilworth Summer Festival of Racing on Saturday 25 February.

Trainer Candice Bass-Robinson confirmed the decision to the Sporting Post on Tuesday morning and said her charge had pulled up well after being narrowly beaten by Al Muthana in the Gr1 L’Ormarins King’s Plate earlier this month.

Exciting Charles Dickens – interesting move (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

“He is well and a decision was made that we will aim him at the Derby at the end of February. We would not be doing that if we didn’t believe he would stay the 2000m and we are looking forward to it,” added Candice.

Justin Snaith’s Rockpool emerged as a serious Derby contender after another eyecatching victory in the Gr3 Politician Stakes on Saturday. Asked if she thought Rockpool was a threat, Candice said that she felt that he still had some improving to do.

“We always respect quality opposition, and naturally he looks like a lovely horse with scope. But he will need to improve further.”

  • Entries for the 2000m Cape Derby close at 11h00 on Monday, 6 February.
  • Supplementary entries close at 11h00 on Tuesday, 14 February.
  • Declarations are due by 10h00 on Wednesday, 15 February.

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