Owners and trainers in the Western Cape are not enjoying the easiest and most profitable of winters and their woes were compounded as the Kenilworth race meeting was abandoned after the second race today. Excessive surface water on the track made conditions dangerous.
The feature event, the R138 000 Gr3 Final Fling Stakes, will now be run on the card of Saturday 28 July.
Anton Marcus cried off from his engagements and Felix Coetzee took full advantage by piloting the Black Minnaloushe filly Cat’s Paw to an end to end win for Justin Snaith in the opener,a Fillies Maiden Juvenile Plate run over the 1000m straight. The winner ran straight as a dye from her 1 draw and kept on well to hold off the rank outsider debutante Babazeka at 66-1, who was drawn 3.
The R275 000 Cape Premier Sale graduate was winning at her third start, after two unplaced runs.
Interestingly bred by Klawervlei Stud out of 5 time winning Western Winter mare, Miami Blues, she runs in the yellow and black Maine Chance silks.
The second and final race of the day, the split second leg of the Fillies Maiden Juvenile Plate, produced an exciting finish with the first two finishers running from the 2 and 3 draws.
Karis Teetan rode a cracker when stealing first run at the right time on Gavin Almanza’s Scarlet Veil for Brett Crawford. The winner, a Riverton Stud bred daughter of National Emblem had run third at her first at 55-1, but she made no mistakes today.
The Justin Snaith first-timer Equina flew late under Felix Coetzee, and just failed to nab the favourite.
The next Kenilworth meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 25 July.