Ken Nicol: It was overall a pretty average days racing at Kenilworth on Saturday, but a couple of debutantes are certainly worth putting on your ‘horses to follow’ list in bold black type.
Just like last year, Candice Bass-Robinson appears to have a smart group of juvenile fillies, and Cousin Liz seems certain to prove one of the best of them.
The Mario Ferreira owned R2.9 million yearling attracted strong betting support in the opening Maiden Juvenile Plate over 1000m, going off in the red at 9-10 after opening at double those odds.
She duly cruised to victory under a hands and heels ride, and jockey Aldo Domeyer was full of enthusiasm afterwards.
“She’s the real deal, and I’m excited so see what is to come from this filly” he said,
Bass-Robinson herself said: “She has a bright future, and will probably stay here for the winter and skip the KZN season.”
Form horse Fluttering scored an overdue win in the Maiden for fillies over 1200m, virtually making all.
Runner up Boomps A Daisy (Aus) is the one to take out of the race though. Anton Marcus’ mount was slow away and raced green, but made up six or seven lengths over the final 200m and would have won going away in a couple more jumps.
She is sure to start deep in the red next time.
Marcus partnered another highly exciting filly for his sponsors Ridgemont Highlands and Brett Crawford in the final race. Run Fox Run (Aus) had bolted up on debut, and did the same again in highly impressive fashion at FM 78 level.
“I had it safe going through the 400m mark” said the master rider dismissively post-race.
He also won on Bass-Robinson’s Nastergal for Ridgemont in Race 6.
Best bet of the day always looked to be Glen Kotzen’s Cat Daddy in Race 4 – a Maiden over 1400m. Particularly after the scratching of market rival Engage And Beware.
And he made no mistake – running on strongly to prevail by a length and a half after starting at even money.
“He’s really immature but a nice horse. He was green but won well, over what is his minimum trip” said Bernard Fayd’Herbe post-race.
The same jockey-trainer combination completed a quick double in the next as extremely well bred Sommersonne cracked her maiden at the ninth time of asking.
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