ROSE IN BLOOM
Jack Milner: One of the highlights of the Cape summer season was the performance of the three-year-old fillies.
Three of them really stood out – Oh Susanna, Snowdance and Magical Wonderland – and the strength of those form lines will be tested on Saturday when Rose In Bloom lines up in the Grade 3 Vasco Prix Du Cap for fillies and mares over 1400m at Kenilworth.
In her last five races, four of which were feature events, Rose In Bloom came up against these fillies and was beaten twice by Magical Wonderland and three times by Snowdance, including the Grade 1 Cape Fillies Guineas and the Grade 1 Majorca Stakes.
A wide draw in the Guineas resulted in Joey Ramsden’s charge finishing sixth, beaten 5.90 by Snowdance. However, with a better barrier position in the Majorca Stakes Rose In Bloom managed to claim third spot, beaten just 1.80 lengths.
None of those fillies will line up in this event and that opens the door for the daughter of Gimmethegreenlight to notch up a Graded win of her own. She is the best-weighted runner and is perfectly drawn at No 4. If she runs to her form then Rose In Bloom stands out as the best bet on the card.
A good Place bet could be Final Judgement. At last trainer Glen Kotzen has brought her back to 1400m which looks to be her best distance. She has run six times over the distance for two wins and three places. On her run in the Majorca Stakes she is held by Rose In Bloom but that was over 1600m.
In that race she was up with the pace most of the way and only faded late. She is drawn No 3 and will appreciate the drop in distance.
The day is also noteworthy for hosting the annual Prawn festival, which always draws a large family oriented crowd to the racecourse. Well worth taking in if you are in the area.