One of last season’s top 3yo’s Cousin Casey has been relocated to the Highveld and will join the Randjesfontein yard of trainer Sean Tarry.
Gold Circle have reported that the national log runner-up for the 2022/23 season has confirmed the crack Vercingetorix colt had joined his yard.
He said owner Ravi Naidoo had wanted to try the Vercingetorix colt from a Highveld base, which is not surprising considering the dominance of Highveld yards in KZN’s two biggest meetings last season, the Hollywoodbets Durban July meeting and the World Pool Gold Cup meeting.
Tarry is not sure of Cousin Casey’s route yet and will still be getting to know the horse as he has just joined him after a farm holiday.
Cousin Casey was bred by Riyo Stud.
Glen Kotzen was not surprisingly the buyer at the 2021 BSA National Yearling Sale, because he is out of a full sister to Kotzen’s July winner Big City Life.
He got him for R375,000 and did a fine job training him.
The classy colt won all four races of his two-year-old KZN campaign, including the Listed Cell C Sharks Gatecrasher Stakes, the Gr 2 Durban Golden Horseshoe and the Gr 1 Premier’s Champion Stakes, and this saw him being named Equus Champion Two-year-old male.
He then made it five wins on the trot when coming off a layoff to win the Gr 2 Cape Punters Cup over 1600m and followed that with a runner up finish to brilliant colt Charles Dickens in the Gr 1 Hollywoodbets cape Guineas.
He had no luck when fifth in the WSB Met and was then seemingly not himself for his KZN campaign this year, which might have been the prompt for Ravi Naidoo to despatch him to the Highveld.