Kotzen’s King Eyes The Gold Rush 

The R7,5 million Gold Rush is on Met Day 2023

Glen Kotzen enjoyed a great day at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Saturday. Not only did his smashing 3yo Cousin Casey cement his Hollywoodbets Cape Guineas claims, the top yard’s Dynasty gelding King Regent put his hand up as a potential Gold Rush prospect when he made it two wins from two starts in the final event, a 1200m Middle Stakes.

The smart King Regent ranks 20th on the latest log! (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

Racing for long established UK expat Cape owners Martin Wickens and Gisela Burg, the Ridgemont Highlands-bred King Regent caught some by surprise when he stormed to his second straight victory down the Kenilworth 1200m straight after arriving at 20-1 on debut in late October.

Watch the replay here:

The R225 000 Cape Premier Yearling Sale graduate is a full brother to Kotzen’s 2400m graded stakes winner Crimson King, and should really be winning over a bit further.

Glen Kotzen told the Sporting Post on Monday that Martin and Gisela had purchased the son of Dynasty and given it to him to train.

“A lot of buyers steer clear of horses with long pasterns. I never have and I’m so pleased for these loyal owners that they have a really well-bred horse, and a Dynasty with serious pace!” he added.

The Paarl trainer confirmed that they would be considering a run in the R7,5 million Gold Rush which will be run over 1600m, on 28 January on Cape Met day.

The Gold Rush offers 16 ticketholders the opportunity to earn massive stakes and is open to graduates of the 2021 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.

“We need to start talking to Gold Rush prospectors. It’s exciting and I just want to add that Muzi Yeni rode a good race after the issues at the start on Saturday. When a horse gets himself out of trouble in a sprint like he did, it’s a sign of character and ability!”

King Regent is a mover on the latest Gold Rush log, having come in from nowhere to position 18.

Have a look at the latest log here:


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