Ken Nicol: Kilindini carries the stamp of real class about him and can be expected to confirm his credentials as a serious contender for the coming Cape Guineas by winning the MR 82 Handicap over 1600m at Kenilworth on Wednesday.
This Silvano colt has won his last two races in eye-catching style, quickening fluently to down a couple of smart Justin Snaith inmates in Pinkerton and Hurricane Harry.
The former has franked the form by winning his next two starts and Kilindini looks well undervalued with a current merit rating of 96. This Brett Crawford-trained rising star looks very difficult to oppose in Race 2.
After the late scratching of fellow three-year-old Wild Coast, it should be a stroll in the park for Kilindini, who is sure to go off deep in the red.
This first foal of champion Beach Beauty also has a very bright future and can be expected to challenge but is likely to find one too good on this occasion.
Another highly promising sophomore catches the eye in Race 5.
Sir Michael produced a sustained finish to win going away a month ago, and the form line has already produced three winners.
On pedigree and style of racing he should love going 2000m and if so, will be too good for the mostly well-exposed handicappers he comes up against.
But the standout wager in this card is in Race 1 and from one of the less fashionable Cape Town yards. Piet Botha’s Warrior Tiger was fourth in a Listed race second time out and would have been expected to crack his maiden quite a while ago.
This gelding really caught the eye last time though, when he faced winners in a MR 78 Handicap over this 1000m. Ridden from off the pace, he finished very strongly to get within half a length of promising sprinter Celtic Voyager.
Top class Richard Fourie retains the ride and will expect to make an early visit to the winner’s enclosure.
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