Sean Tarry’s Tail Of The Comet is the only Gauteng challenger at first entry for the 2023 R2 million Hollywoodbets Gr1 Cape Guineas to be run at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Saturday 16 December.
South Africa’s time honoured premier classic was won last year by Candice Bass-Robinson’s Charles Dickens, who made it six on the trot when cruising to victory in the 2022 renewal.
While there is no standout amongst the 12 first entries received on Monday morning, Justin Snaith’s recent Gr2 Cape Punters Cup winner Hluhluwe looks a progressive 3yo with plenty of scope.
Dean Kannemeyer certainly knows what it takes to win this race and he labelled Green With Envy a ‘Guineas type of horse’ when Khaya Stables’ son of Gimmethegreenlight ran on steadily late for a smart third in the Punters Cup.
Tail Of The Comet produced a flat run in the Cape Punters Cup when just out of the quartet, but is sure to bounce back on previous best form.
Questioning was an impressive winner of the Cape Classic, but produced a flat run when fourth in the Punters Cup. But Vaughan Marshall is another conditioner who has past Guineas winners’ photographs in his stable office.
Supplementary entries close on Friday 8 December, with declarations due on Monday 11 December.
What chance we could still see Highveld hotshots Sandringham Summit or Main Defender taking their chances?
CAPE GUINEAS (Grade 1)
|Green With Envy
|Tail Of The Comet