Ken Nicol: After winning all three big sprints of the Cape season, Kasimir capped a dream season and made certain of the Equus champion sprinter title by notching the Grade 1 Mercury Sprint at Greyville on Saturday.
But the 18-10 favourite and Computaform best bet had to work extremely hard for it, as Sean Tarry’s brilliant filly Celtic Sea led throughout, and was only overhauled late under an ice cool Richard Fourie ride on Kasimir.
Few would have expected Celtic Sea to set the tempo, but she jumped out smartly, followed by outsider Palace Chapel.
Kasimir had got across swiftly to be in a perfect position third on the rail, with Snowdance fourth.
And these turned out to be the first four past the post, with nothing from further back getting into it at all.
Celtic Sea looked a winner halfway up the straight, as while Palace Chapel wasn’t going away, she equally always seemed to have his measure.
But Fourie switched Kasimir to the inside and he slowly began to close.
It was only with 100m to go that he got to the filly, but not for the first time he displayed exceptional courage and squeezed through on the rail to win going away by half a length.
The three-year-old Palace Chapel ran the race of his life to only be a neck further back, while Snowdance produced another game effort staying on for fourth.
Disappointment of the race was Mike de Kock’s juvenile star Frosted Gold, who never got into it and trailed in second last. He will be back.