Le Drakkar wins BSA Guineas
IMPORTED Le Drakkar (Aus) owned in partnership by recently passed giants of South African racing – Laurie and Jean Jaffee and John Newsome (Fieldspring Racing), produced a powerful run and sliced through his field to win the Grade 1 BSA Cape Guineas at Kenilworth on Saturday.
<p>His 16-16 draw was always going to pose a problem for the imposing son of Anabaa and trainer Dean Kannemeyer instructed jockey ‘MJ’ Byleveld to seek early cover and sit ‘three-quarters’ back in the field.</p>
<p>Byleveld carried this out almost perfectly. He got Le Drakkar (5-1) settled towards the back while Sparkling Gem cut the pace, which was a steady one and not a crawl like in the Fillies Guineas. Ant Of Agasta raced up wide and into second place from a poor draw with Mother Russia and Flying West in behind them and the favourite Meet At MalaMala poised on the rail, about three lengths off the call.</p>
<p>Over the last 300m Sparkling Gem threatened to keep running like she did in the fillies equivalent, but Meet At Mala Mala launched his challenge on the inside and Le Drakkar, in full cry, raced past both going into the last 100m and woin going away. Bush Pirate also got going late to get second ahead of Mother Russia and Meet At MalaMala.</p>
<p>“I am thankful to the Jaffee family and Fieldspring Racing and it’s a pity that Messers Jaffee and Newsome couldn’t be here to see him run, as they’d bought him for me in Australia. We’ll keep our options open, may go for the Met or the Derby. He’s a top horse.’’</p>
<p>Kannemeyer paid tribute to Byleveld, who said: “He found a gap early and went through it. He is awesome when in full stride so I let him go. He’s the best horse I’ve sat on.’’</p>