Entries were received on Wednesday for the five WSB Cape Town Met day supporting features, which include seventeen for the Gr1 Cape Flying Championship and fifteen for the Gr1 Majorca Stakes.
The presence of visiting yards, while still only at entry stage, is encouraging and the likes of Mike & Adam Azzie, Sean Tarry, Johan Janse van Vuuren and Alan Greeff hold a possible ticket in the R1 million Cape Flying, while in the prestigious fairer sex mile only Alan Greeff’s entry Santa Therese may take her chances against a powerful local attack.
CAPE FLYING CHAMPIONSHIP (WFA) (Grade 1)
|2||African Rain||Candice Bass-Robinson||106|
|4||Bohica||M G Azzie/A A Azzie||125|
|14||Captain Fontane||Garth Puller||105|
|9||Hello Winter Hello||J A Janse van Vuuren||114|
|6||Mr Cobbs||Candice Bass-Robinson||101|
|10||Real Gone Kid (AUS)||Brett Crawford||111|
|7||Rio Querari||Justin Snaith||130|
|13||Sound Of Warning||Sean Tarry||111|
|1||Speed Machine||Justin Snaith||110|
|3||True To Life||J A Janse van Vuuren||115|
|16||Viking Moon||Alan Greeff||109|
The all-conquering Justin Snaith yard has the highest rated entrant in the Gr1 sprint in the shape of Equus Champion Speedster Rio Querari, while Captain’s Ransom pulled a potential wide gate in the Majorca.
MAJORCA STAKES (WFA) (Grade 1)
|14||Captain’s Ransom||Justin Snaith||126|
|9||Chat Ching||Candice Bass-Robinson||107|
|13||Major Attraction||Justin Snaith||100|
|11||Maria Querol||Justin Snaith||101|
|12||Mercury Rising||Justin Snaith||105|
|0||Pretty Betty||Mike Stewart||106|
|10||Princess Calla||Adam Marcus||118|
|7||Really Royal||Justin Snaith||103|
|1||Santa Therese||Alan Greeff||104|
But the WSB Cape Town Met remains the highlight of the day and final supplementary entries close at 11h00 on Monday, with weights being published that day.
Declarations are due by 11h00 on Wednesday 19 January.The final field and barrier draws will be announced at a function the same day.
Gold Circle reported this week that Cape Guineas winner Double Superlative has been earmarked for the Met.
Snaith told David Thiselton that the yard were confident before the Guineas as everything had been against him in his previous start in the Gr3 Cape Classic, including a wide draw and having to come from the back over 1400m with a tailwind blowing. Snaith said that he had subsequently beaten the decent Nexus by six lengths in a gallop.
Snaith admitted he did feel for the two horses who were interfered with in the straight by Double Superlative in the Cape Guineas, but added that nothing was going to beat the Twice Over colt on the day.
Indeed, he was impressive and as a horse with a lot of scope and substance has a shout of becoming the first three-year-old male to win the Met since the De Kock-trained pair Horse Chestnut and Badger’s Coast respectively won it in 1999 and 2000. Snaith did win it with the three-year-old filly Oh Susanna in 2018.
Snaith said the ride on Double Superlative for the Met lies between his Guineas jockey Anton Marcus and another of the yard’s first call riders Grant van Niekerk.
He said that it all depends on how Do It Again goes on Saturday in the Glorious Goodwood Premier Trophy.
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www.goldcircle.co.za – additional reporting by Sporting Post editorial staff.