Run Fox Run out of Champagne

Run Fox Run out of Champagne


Jack Milner: Cape Town racing will be having its seasonal “final fling” on Saturday at Kenilworth with the running of two Grade 3 races for fillies and mares.

The first, Race 6, is the Final Fling Stakes over 1800m and is followed by the Champagne Stakes over 1200m. Both races are run on weight-for-age terms.

On paper Platinum Class looks a five star bet in the Final Fling Stakes but there is one concern. This will be the first time she will be racing over 1800m, and the going is heavy.

However, she is so well handicapped – between 3.5kg and 10.5kg better off with her five rivals based on merit ratings – that the distance should not prove an obstacle. In any case, with only six runner and no obvious pacemaker, the infamous “Cape Crawl” looks likely and that will play into the hands of jockey Richard Fourie who is a master of judging pace.

In the Champagne Stakes, Run Fox Run looked an unbeatable 1-3 favourite, but was sadly scratched on Saturday morning.

That makes the race a lot more challenging, but could open the door for Lesedi La Rona. Candice Bass-Robinson’s daughter of Trippi is a smart sprinter, winning two from four over course and distance.

She quickened well on yielding going last time when first fitted with blinkers to easily put away a field which included two of these rivals.

Her stable companion and fellow three-year-old Nastergal is also very talented and could pop up.  

Classy four-year-old Dynamic Diana is another  worth strong consideration, while Ostinato loves the wet, and must also be included.

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