Highveld-based trainers Mike de Kock and Sean Tarry are both considering taking on the local hopes in the first Kenilworth graded races of the season on Saturday week.
De Kock has nominated Premier’s Champion and Joburg Spring Challenge runner-up Alyaasaat for the Cape Classic and Ghaalla (a close-up third in the Jo’bug Fillies Spring Challenge) for the Western Cape Fillies Championship – formerly the Choice Carriers and before that the Odessa. De Kock, successful with Ektifaa two years ago and with Phillipa Johnson in 2003, has also entered Nafaayes who has won two out of three.
Sweet Mary Lou, Anneka and Sally Called are the three Tarry entries for the 1 400m Grade 2 and the three-time champion trainer has also entered two for the Cape Classic including top-rated Chimichuri Run, who was third in both the SA Nursery and the Gold Medallion.
Vaughan Marshall, who used last year’s Cape Classic as Tap O’Noth’s stepping stone to the Cape Guineas, has nominated the Lanzerac Ready To Run-bound Agent Of Fortune – but stable companion One World is a notable absentee.
Marshall indicated earlier in the month that the Concord Cup (formerly Selangor) on 24 November is the more likely target.
Joey Ramsden, successful in three of the last five runnings, has only one entry – Twist Of Fate, who was third in the Premier’s Champion.
Justin Snaith, who won his fifth WC Fillies Championship last season when Snowdance presaged her Cape Fillies Guineas and Majorca victories, has entered three this time.
Snaith has seven in the Cape Classic, which he has won only once – with Solo Traveller eight years ago. – Michael Clower, Gold Circle