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Kotzen’s Cousin Keeps It In The Family

Son of Vercingetorix ups his game again

Glen Kotzen’s Cousin Casey enhanced his Equus Championship aspirations as he made it four straight wins with a dazzling display to win the R500 000 Gr1 Premiers Champion Stakes at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Saturday.

Cousin Casey and Grant van Niekerk are on their own after an impressive display of powerful galloping

Cousin Casey (7-2) made it a hat-trick of feature victories when he turned on the jets from some way off the pace under Grant van Niekerk and stormed home to pulverize his opposition.

Beating Royal Victory (6-1) by 2,10 lengths in a time of 95,97 secs, Cousin Casey looks to have enhanced his champion 2yo colt title chances

Raced by Ravi Naidoo, Cousin Casey was bred by Riyo Stud  and is a son Vercingetorix (Silvano) out of the Casey Tibbs mare Bretton Woods.

Cousin Casey is a R375 000 National Yearling Sale buy and has won 4 races with 2 places from 6 starts for stakes of R737 500.

Cousin Casey is one of 21 stakes winners for Vercingetorix thus far, with Vercingetorix also responsible for this season’s fellow G1 winners Alesian Chief, Astrix, Chansonette and Pomp And Power.

Vercingetorix, whose progeny made up to R3 000 000 at this year’s National Yearling Sale, has 19 lots on offer at the 2022 August Two Year Old Sale.


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1 comment on “Kotzen’s Cousin Keeps It In The Family

  1. Editor says:

    The Stipes reported:
    RACE 5 Ref : 939 PREMIERS CHAMPION STAKES (Grade 1) : R500 000 : About 1600m

    Starter : T Miya Loading Time : 1:27sec No. of Runners : 14

    Carded Time: 14:50:00
    Rescheduled Time: –
    Off Time: 14:51:22
    Provisional Result: 14:54:25
    All Clear: 14:59:39

    a) Fair start.

    a) ROYAL VICTORY (S Khumalo) was switched out to continue its run at approximately the 350m.
    b) QUANTUM THEORY (M Yeni) was hanging in over the concluding stages.
    c) At approximately the 200m, RIVER QUERARESS (W Kennedy) had to ease when awkwardly placed on the heels of COUSIN CASEY (G van Niekerk) which shifted in.
    Jockey G van Niekerk signed an admission of guilt for a contravention of Rule 62.2.7, in that as the rider of COUSIN CASEY, he failed to ensure that he did not cause interference to the horse RIVER QUERARESS (W Kennedy) at approximately the 250m. Accordingly, a penalty of a suspension from riding in races for a period of 10 days was imposed. (Suspension Dates : 31.07.22 – 09.08.22, bdi)
    d) In view of the performances of MOVER AND SHAKER (K de Melo) (11.80 lengths, 40/1 in the betting) and COUNTDOWN (L Mxothwa) (11.30 lengths, 25/1 in the betting) the Veterinary Surgeon was requested to examine.
    e) COUSIN CASEY (G van Niekerk), the winner, was selected for the taking of specimens for analysis. Trainer G Kotzen advised (RVR).
    f) ROYAL VICTORY (S Khumalo), placed second, was selected for the taking of specimens for analysis. Trainer N Kotzen advised (RVR).
    g) QUANTUM THEORY (M Yeni), placed third, was selected for the taking of specimens for analysis. Trainer R Sage advised (ML).
    a) RIVER QUERARESS raced without blinkers (advised 28.07.22/13h09).
    b) LAGUNA VERDE raced with a compression mask.

    a) Nil.

    a) MOVER AND SHAKER : Nothing obvious detected.
    b) COUNTDOWN : Nothing obvious detected.
    c) BILLY BOWLEGS : Returned post-race having spread the left front shoe.

    a) EYJAFJALLAJOKULL : Reserve runner.
    b) RAFFLES : EYJAFJALLAJOKULL : Reserve runner.
    c) WICCAN WARRIOR : Reserve runner.

    a) None

    No. Horse Jockey Trainer Distance Betting
    1st 9 COUSIN CASEY G van Niekerk G S Kotzen —- 28/10
    2nd 2 ROYAL VICTORY S Khumalo N Kotzen 2.10 2.10 9/2
    3rd 1 QUANTUM THEORY M Yeni R R Sage 0.40 2.50 13/2
    4th 4 PROPHET R Fourie C Spies 1.20 3.70 7/1
    5th 7 NOW I GOT YOU A Domeyer C J Lensley 0.50 4.20 25/1
    Time of Race : 95.97s
    Tote Favourite:
    Distance : – Betting : 28/10

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