The Bass Racing Centenary Syndicate celebrated their biggest win to date at the revamped Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Sunday when the Var gelding Future Variety showed his appreciation for the 1200m, to win the R225 000 City Of Cape Town Listed Sophomore Sprint under a well-judged ride by Morne Winnaar.
In a climate of spiralling costs, syndication is the new buzz word in Cape horseracing, and Greg Bortz and his team couldn’t have scripted things better on the opening day of their Summer Festival Of Racing.
A crowd of owners, including the likes of celebrated former Champion jockey Kevin Shea, enjoyed the sunshine, terrific new facilities, and the joy of a feature win, courtesy of the handsome chestnut son of Var.
The under-utilised Morne Winnaar had the gelding relaxed early and built him up as they came through the 300m, with the speed-makers up front gasping for air.
At the 250m Future Variety (10-1) was in full stride and he went on really well to win by 0,50 lengths in a time of 70,06 secs.
Stablemate Captain Arrow (10-1) finished next best, with the early pacesetter Underworld (10-1) in third, a head off second place.
The highly regarded favourite Ready To Charge (11-10) had nothing to offer late, and ran out of the money, but only 1,50 lengths behind the winner. He is worth another chance.
Future Variety was bred by Lammerskraal Stud and is a son of the deceased Var (Forest Wildcat) out of the one-time winning mare Furina (Parade Leader).
The winner took his stakes tally to two wins with three places from six starts for stakes of R307 900.
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