ROSE IN BLOOM
Joey Ramsden, the most successful trainer in the Vasco Prix du Cap in recent years with five winners in 13 seasons, has the two highest-rated fillies in the Grade 3 1400m test at Kenilworth on Saturday 24 February.
Just Sensual has to give weight to all for her success in the Cape Fillies Guineas, but that penalty didn’t stop her winning this race last season and beating all except Carry On Alice in the South African Fillies Sprint at Scottsville last May before winning the Tibouchina at Greyville and the Southern Cross at Kenilworth in December.
She looks like being opposed by younger stable companion Rose In Bloom, who ran a cracker in the Grade 1 Klawervlei Majorca last month after beating all except Magical Wonderland in the Sceptre. The Ramsden pair are drawn three and seven and the draw is always a significant factor in races over this distance.
Captain’s Flame was second in last year’s race – beaten less than half a length by Just Sensual – and her trainer Andre Nel has also nominated Love To Boogie who won at Durbanville last Saturday.
Michael Robinson-trained Goodtime Gal was sixth in last season’s race while Brett Crawford, successful with Cuvee Brut in 2016, has nominated both Louisiana and Seattle Gold. Candice Bass-Robinson and Glen Kotzen are also doubly represented.
Supplementary entries close on Friday with declarations on Monday 19 February.
Entries and draws for the R250,000 Vasco Prix du Cap (Grade 3) over 1400m at Kenilworth on Saturday 24 February.
3 JUST SENSUAL (J Ramsden) 60.0
2 CAPTAIN’S FLAME (W A Nel) 58.0
9 GOODTIME GAL (M J Robinson) 58.0
5 FINAL JUDGEMENT (G S Kotzen) 57.0
12 LOUISIANA (B Crawford) 57.0
4 LOVE TO BOOGIE (W A Nel) 57.0
11 SAMSARA (G W Ennion) 57.0
6 SCANDOLA (C Bass-Robinson) 57.0
13 SEATTLE GOLD (B Crawford) 57.0
14 WHOSE THAT GIRL (C Bass-Robinson) 57.0
8 ELUSIVE HEART (G S Kotzen) 53.5
1 MARA (D Kannemeyer) 53.5
10 MISS KATALIN (S J Snaith) 53.5
7 ROSE IN BLOOM (J Ramsden) 53.5