Where Were The Highly Rated Gautengers?

Kotzen's friendly challenge spot on

According to the NHRA handicappers the Cape hopes didn’t have too much of a shout when it came to Saturday’s World Sports Betting Gr1 Cape Fillies Guineas at Kenilworth.

“They say that every year,” said Glen Kotzen dismissively earlier this week. “What I say is let them come.”

2014 Cape Fillies Guineas winner Majmu

That was the gist of a friendly needle piece penned by Gold Circle’s Michael Clower in the build-up after an interview with Paarl-based Glen Kotzen – a man known for his positive attitude, but not necessarily for the bold Mohammed Ali style gamesmanship displayed.

But Glen’s been around awhile – he saddled the winner Princess Victoria in 2011 and also knew there were no Mike de Kock or David Payne trained runners in Saturday’s 2019 renewal.

David Payne’s brilliant Hoeberg

They are the only away trainers to have won the race in the past 20 years – the now Australia-based Payne in 1999 and 2000 with Toccata and Hoeberg respectively.

Mike de Kock won it in 2003 with Emerald Beauty, and in 2012 with Rumya, followed by Majmu in 2014.

Just for the record, Kevin Shea rode the first three ‘away’ winners and Anthony Delpech the last two.

And, while one swallow doesn’t make a summer, Saturday’s race result now shows that the relatively unexposed Missisippi Burning (97) humbled both visitors, with True To Life (117) finishing 9th and 6,90 lengths back, with Cockney Pride (110) 10,25 lengths back in 15th spot.

Kotzen’s Third Runway (109) was the third officially highest-rated galloper and she finished 3,30 lengths away in third. In her defence, she was – like Cockney Pride – drawn wide. And she may well be best at 1400m.

But let’s not make excuses. It was a terrific race.

Where they ran:

No Horse ACS SH Trainer Jockey Wgt MR Dr OB SP FP Len
10 MISSISIPPI BURNING 3bF A Adam Marcus C Zackey 60 97 2 16-1 22-1 1 0
5 DRIVING MISS DAISY 3bF A Eric Sands D Dillon 60 104 3 16-1 14-1 2 3.00
3 THIRD RUNWAY 3bF A Glen Kotzen M Winnaar 60 109 13 7-1 14-1 3 3.30
6 LARENTINA 3bF A Eric Sands K de Melo 60 103 1 20-1 10-1 4 3.70
12 DRAMA QUEEN 3bF A Candice Bass-Robinson P Strydom 60 95 4 40-1 22-1 5 3.80
8 KELPIE 3bF A Brett Crawford A Marcus 60 99 10 4-1 2-1 6 4.10
4 PRETTY YOUNG THING 3bF A Brett Crawford G Cheyne 60 105 16 10-1 18-1 7 4.60
13 CASINO QUEEN 3bF A Justin Snaith R Fourie 60 94 11 13-1 16-1 8 4.90
1 TRUE TO LIFE 3bF A J A Janse van Vuuren G Lerena 60 117 7 4-1 9-2 9 6.90
14 FOLLOW THE STAR 3chF A Glen Kotzen C Murray 60 92 9 33-1 40-1 10 7.20
15 CASTELLANO 3bF A Glen Kotzen M Byleveld 60 91 8 40-1 50-1 11 7.30
7 ROLL IN THE HAY 3bF A Candice Bass-Robinson R Khathi 60 102 5 10-1 25-1 12 7.50
16 DYNASTIC LIGHT 3bF A Glen Kotzen B Fayd’Herbe 60 90 6 25-1 25-1 13 7.90
11 FLAME TREE 3bF A Brett Crawford C Orffer 60 96 15 16-1 33-1 14 8.00
2 COCKNEY PRIDE 3bF A Corne Spies S Randolph 60 110 14 10-1 22-1 15 10.25
9 SAILING SHIP 3chF A Candice Bass-Robinson A Domeyer 60 99 12 10-1 18-1 16 12.25
17 JOY MAISHA 3bF A Candice Bass-Robinson 60 78 13 17 0.00

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