Jack Milner: The three-year-old fillies have been giving their elders a hiding in feature races in Cape Town and the colts have not been far behind.
In fact, the three-year-old boys could be in the limelight on Saturday when they line up for the Grade 2 Khaya Stables Diadem Stakes over 1200m at Kenilworth and it could be Dutch Philip who leads the charge. The Bass-Robinson stable have a high opinion of this son of What A Winter and he has done little wrong in his eight starts to date.
He has won four times and his record over 1200m is particularly good, with two wins in three races, and last time he ran on well to finish a 0.75-length second behind Silicone Valley in the Grade 2 Merchants.
Candice Bass-Robinson tried him over further but, very much like his father, Dutch Philip did not appear to stay 1400m. Aldo Domeyer knows him well and is reunited with the colt for this event.
The main threat could come from another three-year-old in the form of Mujaafy. The Mike de Kock-trained Australian-bred son of Star Witness won both of his starts over 1160m at Turffontein with ease but has been racing over 1000m since arriving in the Western Cape. He looks sure to enjoy the extra 200m and will also benefit from joining up once again with Anthony Delpech, who rode him to victory in his first two starts.
Trip To Heaven is the defending champion and Sean Tarry’s charge has been priced up favourite to score the double. He won impressively last year, in spite of committing his usual “sin” of losing many lengths at the start. That, in fact, was the last time he won a race and Tarry would love to see this son of Trippi get back on a winning track.
Interestingly, Trip To Heaven will have a new jockey aboard in Richard Fourie and Tarry will be looking to him to do that job.
Anton Marcus takes the ride on Always In Charge who is trained by Vaughan Marshall. Marshall has been having a great year with his three-year-old colt Tap O’ Noth, who won the Grade 1 Cape Guineas. Always in Charge will have his supporters and this four-year-old son of Captain Al will not be far off them at the finishing post.