The Cape Racing Ready to Run Stakes log has been published, featuring the current Top 20 in order of merit rating.
The R600 000 race, restricted to eligible graduates of the 2022 Ready To Run Sale, is scheduled for Hollywoodbets Durbanville on Saturday, 21 October, and will be contested over 1400m.
Top of the table is Sean Tarry’s smart three-year-old, Tail of The Comet. He is at MR 106 and scored eight points above the second highest-rated runner.
The Gimmethegreenlight colt is a winner of two of three career starts, the latest a fluent 1450m success in a quality Graduation Plate at Turffontein on 16 September.
Tarry paid R425 000 for Tail Of The Comet and said: “He was on a shortlist of five horses given to me by owner George O’Brien last year. We narrowed it down to two and were fortunate to secure him. George and I partnered with Gary Harvett, and Arun Chadha’s ASSM Racing Syndicate joined after the Gold Cup meeting.”
Tarry said that he intends to send Tail Of The Comet to Cape Town on 10 October, with flexibility in mind considering travel restrictions, and that the colt and several others from his stable earmarked for Cape Summer raids will remain in the Cape for more than one run. “Travelling back will be too risky and won’t suit our plans.”
He is not fazed about the Ready To Run Stakes having been moved to Hollywoodbets Durbanville and said: “It would have been nice to give Tail Of The Comet a look-see at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth ahead of the Cape Guineas but racing him at Hollywoodbets Durbanville is no problem. He has enough pace for the course and distance.”
With the race to be staged at level weights (minus 2,5kg sex allowance), Tail Of The Comet looks like a blinder on paper at this early stage, and Tarry said: “He’s promising; indeed, he has done everything right so far and is a good prospect for us.”
Tarry’s present joint-third candidate, That’s My Baby, will not contest the race, and the trainer said: “Unfortunately, she won’t be ready.”
The grey Dumbledore (William Longsword), rated 98, is second on the log. Trainer Vaughan Marshall is chuffed with his progress and said: “He ran a nice race in a Progress Plate after a rest last week. He is doing well.”
Sharing third is Glen Kotzen’s Monumental, already a winner over 1400m and with scope for much improvement. Said Kotzen: “He will have a run-on 7 October; I have nominated him for two races. He is doing well, will go straight into the Ready To Run from there.”
Fifth on the log is Joe Soma-trained Miss Hannigan, a filly by Canford Cliffs, Listed-placed over 1000m. “She’s fast, an out-and-out sprinter, may get away with it from the front at Hollywoodbets Durbanville. We are considering the race; we’ll decide within the next week or two,” said Soma.
Spring Palace is an R2R hopeful coming along the right way in seventh.
Speaking on behalf of Justin Snaith, Jono Snaith commented: “He has been off for a break and will have his R2R prep run at Hollywoodbets Durbanville this weekend. He will be spot-on on the big day.”
Gqeberha-based Kelly Mitchley’s Erupt filly, Public Benefit, is one of just four two-time winners on the log, rated 89.
She’s progressive, placing over 1200m, 1300m and 1400m, with two successes over a mile. Mitchley said: “We’re trying her over 2000m next, and we’ll see how she goes. She stays well, and perhaps the 1400m at Hollywoodbets Durbanville will be on the sharp side, but we’ll keep our options open.”
Several runners are further down the log due for runs shortly, and many unraced horses are outside of the Top 20, so movements and changes can be expected over the next few weeks.
The R2R Log, as published on 21 September:
|1||TAIL OF THE COMET||106||3||C||2|
|3||THAT’S MY BABY||96||3||F||1|
|5||JUST BE LEKKER||93||3||F||2|
|7||THE ABDICATOR (IRE||91||3||G||1|
|11||LILY OF THE NILE||88||3||F||1|
|17||WARM WINTER NITE||80||3||G||1|
|19||TICKET TO VEGAS||78||3||F||0|
|26||KING OF QUEEN||75||3||G||0|
|31||PRINCE OF DENMARK||72||3||C||0|
|37||FOLLOW THE BAND||63||3||C||0|
|39||FEW DOLLARS MORE||59||3||C||0|
|40||SET FOR LIFE||56||3||F||0|
|42||BURN BABY BURN||55||3||F||0|
|44||TIME FOR KATIE||52||3||F||0|
|NO MR YET|
|SEA OF DREAMS||0||3||F||0|
|UNNAMED (CASHEL PA||0||3||F||0|
|ACROSS THE BOW||0||3||C||0|
|COME ON YOU SPURS||0||3||G||0|
|TAKE A MULLIGAN||0||3||G||0|
|GIFT OF GRACE||0||3||C||0|
|GIRL LIKE US||0||3||F||0|
|MANDATE OF HEAVEN||0||3||F||0|
|SAIL TO THE MOON||0||3||G||0|
|THE GREY KING||0||3||C||0|
|TIME IN PARIS||0||3||F||0|