Ken Nicol: It was a day of mixed fortunes for the Brett Crawford yard at Kenilworth, as their one rising sprint star came home lonely while the other disappointingly plodded into a well-beaten fourth.
On the plus side, Pacific Trader marked himself down as one with a very bright future, as he spreadeagled the opposition to win what appeared a competitive MR 72 1000m by 3.5 lengths, despite casting a shoe. Corne Orffer eased the gelding down well before the line, and he is clearly bound for bigger things.
Marion Belle on the other hand has to go down as a big disappointment. The four-year-old daughter of Snitzel was most people’s idea of the best bet on the card, and seemed to be cruising to victory in the FM 68 1200m as they came to the final 300m. She found very little when put under pressure though, and had to settle for fourth.
The stipe’s report didn’t reveal signs of anything amiss, and assistant trainer Barry Donnelly confirmed yesterday she had returned without any obvious problems.
That race was won by Wings Of Honour under Richard Fourie, who went on to complete what has become a customary treble when Piet Steyn’s King Of Aces got up late to win the last. This was the fourth consecutive Cape meeting Fourie has managed this feat.
He also completed the rare distinction of riding the BiPot, with two wins and four seconds in the first six races.
Luna Child confirmed she is a filly to follow with another fluent win to make it two from two with blinkers. Glen Kotzen said afterwards she will be going to PE for the Listed Breeders Guineas in a few weeks’ time to try and get some black type.
Fourie made a rare misjudgment here as he got off the winner to partner runner up Bridal Party. Greg Cheyne was the winner of this game of musical chairs as he made the opposite journey from Bridal Party on to Luna Child.
Another to put in the notebook in bold black type is Zinedine. Vaughan Marshall’s juvenile was always a strong favourite for the first, jumped out with the pace, and sauntered home ultra-impressively by five lengths.
When asked where this one rated among his juveniles, Marshall smiled and said only that “there are a couple of others coming out soon and we will see how they go”.