De Melo Makes A Cape Point

Varsfontein bred gelding goes all the way

The Justin Snaith yard registered an early double on the Hollywoodbets Kenilworth midweek card when national log-leader and SA Champion jockey elect Keagan de Melo rode a finely judged race from the front to win the inaugural R200 000 Cape Point Stakes.

In an unprecedented treble feature Autumn midweek programme, the non black-type Cape Point Stakes is another innovation by the forward thinking Cape Racing management team and attracted a quality field for the 1400m contest.

Tout A Fait (Keagan de Melo) scorches clear (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

With fancied stablemate Royal Aussie slow away and never in it, De Melo stretched them on the Varsfontein-bred 4yo.

Inside the final 300m, Grinkov threatened briefly, but the Winning Form jockey had timed it to perfection and Tout A Fait (9-2) powered home to win by 1,75 lengths in a time of 85,55 secs.

Grinkov (25-2) stayed on well, with Speed Machine (25-1) improving again, another 1,75 lengths back in third.

Earlier the Snaith team were on the mark when Machete Man went gun-to-tape in Cape C Stakes under JP van der Merwe.

A R120 000 Cape Yearling Sale graduate, Tout A Fait is a Varsfontein bred son of Master Of My Fate (Jet Master) out of the Western Winter mare, La Chouette.

He has won 5 races with 10 places from his 23 starts and stakes of R511 775.

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