The Kenilworth midweek respite from big race royalty and glamour hosts a quality programme on Wednesday. Trainer Justin Snaith will be keen to get the dual stakes winner Kingvoldt back on the right track. The once promising son of Western Winter has been racing way below his best but reverts to a familiar course and distance in the day’s topliner.
The classy Kingvoldt bumps eleven rivals in the R90 000 MR 98 Divided Handicap over 1400m.
He has failed to recapture his form when scoring a feature double as a promising 2yo member of the powerful Ramsden young gun attack of the time.
He switched stables to Justin Snaith some four runs back and is yet to make any visible improvement.
His penultimate start in the Merchants saw him finish tenth and 4,46 lengths behind Triptique and then when fancied, was beaten 3,40 lengths in the Jet Master stakes by his capable stablemate Heartland.
Kingvoldt reverts to 1400m after that mile and has his third run after a rest – certainly grounds to anticipate a major improvement.
His stablemate Charles Lytton won two on the trot in Fairview but has been lightly raced this term down South.
He ran a decent enough third to Act Of War in the Matchem, but was then comprehensively outpaced in the Listed Southeaster Sprint last time out.
He will be more comfortable over the extra here but needs to show more.
Brett Crawford’s Zubbadubbadoo is the epitome of a Kenilworth 1200m course and distance specialist, but bounced back to a rather surprise win last time over 1400m when beating Annigoni with contempt.
The son of Jay Peg won four on the trot, including his maiden and has been a model student at most of his racecourse efforts.
His stablemate Sail South has a touch of class on his day but was well beaten in the Merchants.
He showed a bit more spark when dropping in class and chasing Blackmore home over the 1400m last time.
His conqueror Blackmore is a half kilo better off here and should beat Sail South again – over a distance that he has proven his ability.
The decent former Paul Reeves’ trained Tiger Tiger had his first run back in the Cape after a fair KZN campaign.
The son of Tiger Dance ran on smartly when beaten just 0,25 length by Sheer Trouble at his first run in three months.
He is 1kg better off here and is based with Neil Bruss now.
The in-form combo of Grant van Niekerk and Mike Bass team up with Sheer Trouble, who probably is more effective over a touch further.
His stablemate Laurie’s Gold is a seasoned campaigner and at the age of 7 has more enthusiasm than a lot of his counterparts half his age. He also looks likely to enjoy more.
The promising 3yo Eighth Wonder cost R500 000 as a youngster and looks ready to fulfil his connections’ expectations.
The son of Captain Al won the Magnum Cape Classic but then failed to follow through when out of the money in the Selangor Cup and the Cape Guineas.
He should be more comfortable here and could bounce back to best.
The dogged pacesetting Blarney Bay pulled off a giantkilling move at his penultimate when beating the star Captain America by a whisker.
His best form is over 1400m to 1600m and with the apprentice allowance can be expected to stretch them all the way.
Silver Salver has in and out form at best and has been a bit quiet when stepped up in class recently.The speedy son of Slvano has won 4 of 17 starts and has a good turn of foot when sound and things go his way.
The staying sort Hot Ticket lumbers 63kgs and is no doubt having a prep for a future commitment and he will find this way too short.
Kingvoldt is the proven course and distance class and will be a major runner if finding his best form.
Eighth Wonder won a cracker in the Cape Classic and could be the danger at best.
There are others waiting on the fringes and it may be best to go wide in the exotics.