CASCAPEDIA IN THE LONDON NEWS HANDICAP
Nicci Garner: Top-class filly Cascapedia scored another impressive win, her fifth in six starts, when trouncing a good field in the R250,000 London News Stakes (Grade 3) over 1800m at Turffontein on Sunday.
Jockey Anthony Delpech had the Irish-bred 9-2 favourite disputing third place and she bounded forward in the straight to lead 300m out to win well. She beat Sun Met contenders Abashiri and Coral Fever (50-1) by 1.40 and 1.50 lengths respectively.
Jockey Anthony Delpech said: “She keeps on improving. These Irish fillies, they get better with age. She’s going the right way and was super-impressive today.
“The pace played into my hands because she’ll go much further than this and wants a tough pace. Turning into the straight I couldn’t even sit behind Piere (Strydom on The Elmo Effect) anymore. She was just going too well. She hits the front in top gear but then you click on her and she finds another. She’s that kind of a filly – when she comes into the straight she doesn’t want you to hold her. She wants to start using her action and she’ll kick off that fast pace.
“I can’t get too carried away but everything we’re asking of her she’s doing right.”
Trainer Mike de Kock said: “It was a big test. I thought she took a massive leap in form. She did, too, last time (in a Pinnacle race) because Patchit Up Baby had her well beaten at the weights. BiPot (finished eighth), the same thing today. I thought there were a couple of hard-knocking, decent horses in this race and she’s put them to bed.
“I was quite impressed. A horse who wins like this and gains in confidence is a horse who can be followed.”
He added owner Jessica Slack “might have to consider supplementing her for the Met now – she certainly has earned her place, she’s improved”.
Majestic Mambo extended his unbeaten run to three and scored his biggest prize to date when easily taking the honours in the R150,000 Sea Cottage Stakes over 1800m.
Paul Peter’s charge started at 8-10 favourite and Delpech was content to bide his time at the back of the field in the early stages. Once the runners straightened, though, the Mambo In Seattle colt extended smoothly to lead about 300m out. He lugged outwards and then hung badly inwards away from the crop in the final 100m but still managed to beat Mike de Kock-trained stablemates Royal Crusade and Alshibaa by 2.25 and 0.50 lengths respectively.
Heavenly Blue, favourite in his comeback from a long rest and 14-1 for the Sun Met, finished sixth.
“One thing I want to teach him is, when he gets there he must go straight because I change my stick, he goes that side, I change it back, he goes the other way. He still doesn’t really know what to do. He’s got so much to learn.
“Paul is very lucky. He’s cracked one of those horses that every trainer wishes to have and every jockey wishes to ride. I think he’s a phenomenal horse and today he answered all the questions. He’s going to have a great future.”
He will be ticked over until the Gauteng Guineas at Turffontein in February.