Ken Nicol: Cane Lime ’n Soda may not be everyone’s favourite drink, but the Gimmethegreenlight colt (12-10) went down smoothly with favourite backers at Kenilworth on Saturday when he roared home in impressive fashion.
The Maiden for three-year-olds over 1600m looked a straight shootout between the favourite, and Over The Odds (22-10), but proved to be no contest.
Things looked worrying early for the eventual winner when he languished five lengths off the pace in sticky conditions.
But he quickly made headway down the inside in the short straight, and cruised clear to win by no less than 8.5 lengths unextended.
“He shows us nothing at home, but I thought he’d win today, and he’s a decent little horse” said Vaughan Marshall.
“MJ (Byleveld) said he’s the greenest horse he’d ever ridden after his debut. He looks to have a bit of a future” added co-owner Robert Bloomberg.
One to follow then.
The sad loss of stallion Kingsbarns was underlined when two of his Drakenstein owned daughters scored in impressive fashion for Justin Snaith.
First cutely named Queensbarns (33-10) made mincemeat of the Maiden 1200 fillies field in Race 2, strolling in by over five lengths.
Lilac Sensation (9-10) went off a strong favourite, but as the Racing Express preview had predicted, she was no match for her stable companion.
“She’s a bit of a hot filly, but won impressively today” said Justin Snaith.
Interestingly this was the quickest of the four 1200m races on the day, clocking in at 77.75 seconds.
Then in Race 7 Casino Queen (6-1) quickened well to remain undefeated.
The FM74 over the same trip looked competitive. But Sandile Mbhele’s mount tracked leaders Captain’s Darling and Pretty Young Thing, and after switching off the inside rail 300m out cruised clear and swiftly put the race to bed.
The promising Mbhele had been crowned champion apprentice at the Cape Awards on Thursday, and could hardly contain his enthusiasm.
“She’s a machine, and I’m honoured to have sat on her” was his verdict.
Equally interestingly, this was the slowest run 1200m at 79.25.