Ken Nicol: After flying down to Cape Town to partner Sun Met 11-2 third favourite Last Winter in his final gallop, jockey Piere Strydom said he was happy with the colt’s work.
“Obviously I don’t know the horse very well, but he was nicely behaved, and apparently saves his big efforts for race days.”
Setting off from the 900m mark with stayer Cape Speed under MJ Byleveld, the Western Winter colt moved well throughout, always had the measure of his stable mate and put in a solid if unspectacular workout – as is his way.
Dean Kannemeyer’s long-serving assistant David Lilley was in attendance and confirmed the stable star “doesn’t over exert himself in his work”.
“In a race it’s a different story, and this will bring him on a ton. We have galloped all of our previous Met winners at the track the week before the race, and I was extremely happy with what I saw today”.
Last Winter pulled the extreme outside gate at Wednesday’s barrier draw but, while this is a disadvantage, he was always going to be coming from off the pace and he retains a lively winning chance in the R5-million event next Saturday.