Classy Blue Tiger cruises in

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<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">JACK MILNER<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">BLUE Tiger had everything going for him in the Grade 3 Investec Cape Classic at Kenilworth on Saturday and punters quickly climbed on to the bandwagon.<o:p></o:p></span></p>

<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Mike Bass&rsquo;s runner was well supported to 13-10 favourite and those who backed him never had to sweat for a moment. Karl Neisius tracked Anchor Ice for most of the journey but once he sent Blue Tiger about his business, the grey Counter Action colt responded in style and went away to win by a length from Lostintranslation. The winner&rsquo;s stablemate Road to Reason was another 2.50 lengths back in third with Anchor Ice fading into fourth.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">“He was very well weighted today,&rsquo;&rsquo; said assistant trainer Candice Robinson. “They went a fair pace and he&rsquo;s got a good turn of foot. He&rsquo;s an athletic sort and we look forward to a nice season with him.&rsquo;&rsquo;<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">She added that he had an action “like elastic&rsquo;&rsquo; and that he does not take a lot of work. “He&rsquo;s quite soft and we battled with him early in his career with his shins and some other problems.&rsquo;&rsquo;<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Neisius added that Blue Tiger still has a bit to learn about racing. “He doesn&rsquo;t know what to do yet but he&rsquo;s learning all the time. He&rsquo;s a bit difficult in the pens because he wants to turn his head all the time. We tried a hood on him but he still tends to look around. He is a lovely horse.&rsquo;&rsquo;<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Neisius was in the winner&rsquo;s box a couple of races earlier with another runner who should make his mark on the Classic races this season. <o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Field Event, who ran third behind Argonaut in the Golden Horseshoe at Greyville in July, had his first run for the Bass stable in a 1200m sprint on Saturday and won a superb race. <o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">He joined the stable when Neil Bruss left the country. “He came down from Durban with us at the end of the KwaZulu-Natal season,&rsquo;&rsquo; explained Robinson. “He is a very exciting horse and has shown a lot at home345. He will eventually go up to 2000m so this win indicates he is quite versatile.&rsquo;&rsquo;<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">She said the son of Western Winter will be aimed at the Cape Guineas and then head to the Derby on J&amp;B Met day.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">One of the most excited youngsters on the course was jockey Richard Fourie, who rode his first four-timer. He won Race 4 on Sheeza Babe, Race 5 on Dancer&rsquo;s Daughter, Race 7 on Snow Drift and the final event on Jabulani Jive. The last three were for the Justin Snaith stable.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><span lang="EN-GB" style="mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">His most impressive winner was unquestionably Dancer&rsquo;s Daughter, who came from near the back inside the final 200m to catch Scorched and Sylvan Fields just short of the line and go on to win by 0.50 lengths.<o:p></o:p></span></p>

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