Ken Nicol: Followers of the ComputaForm and Racing Express top bets would have been celebrating if they had been allowed to attend an eerily deserted Durbanville on Saturday.
ComputaForm were first to strike in Race 5, a FM 90 Handicap over 2000m.
Top weight Heaven’s Embrace (37-20) had been facing far stronger and Brett Crawford’s beautifully bred filly kept on resolutely to outrun the Crawford/Rix pair Rewrite The Stars and Bold Diva.
It was no mean feat as Heaven’s Embrace was conceding 8.5kg to both.
Racing Express came to the party in Race 7. The selected plum wager Al’s My Daddy (57-20) also has blue blood coursing through his veins and ran on well to get the better of another promising three-year-old Ronaldo in an exciting finish.
“He’s a very progressive late maturer and is getting better and better with racing. He will stay in Cape Town and is a perfect horse for the Winter Series, “ said his trainer, Adam Marcus.
“I’m looking forward to putting him over more ground and hopefully he will mature into a horse that could be in the big features next summer.”
A bit like a certain Vardy a year ago, and we know how that ended…
That completed a nice double for Marcus as Winter Shadow (4-1) had stayed on well to take the MR 86 Handicap over 2400m just over half an hour earlier. This one was also tipped by both ComputaForm and Racing Express.
Just like last week, the day started with a couple of Juvenile 1250m debut winners who look worth following.
In the opener 2014 Triple Crown winner Louis The King got his stud career off to the perfect start when his first runner Mathew The King romped home.
“He surprised me and there’s a lot more to come,” said trainer Greg Ennion.
Then in the fillies’ version Justin Snaith’s Captain’s Ransom was even more impressive.
After racing wide throughout this daughter of Captain Al turned for home near the rear. But she quickened fluently to cruise past the field and win unextended in dominant fashion.