Nov 18 2017

The champion trainer’s quartet include three of the four highest-rated with S’Manga Khumalo’s mount Wonderwall 3.5kg clear of the next best. This is Bold Respect who beat Wonderwall to win a R1 million sales race on Met day. However the Brett Crawford runner is badly drawn at 14.

Candice Bass-Robinson, successful with Live Life in the $500 000 CTS Sprint in January, runs three with stable jockey Aldo Domeyer on Virtue who is drawn widest of all.

Premiers Champion winner Eyes Wide Open has to give 2kg to the rest of the field in the Selangor Cup. He represents the Glen Kotzen-Richard Fourie combination that won last year’s race with Gold Standard.

Last month’s Woolavington winner Strathdon misses the Kenilworth Cup as Justin Snaith is keeping him for the Cape Summer Stayers Handicap on 16 December. Instead the stable runs top weight Master’s Eye (Bernard Fayd’Herbe).

Saturday’s scheduled first two-year-old race of the Cape season has been scrapped after attracting only four runners. Paul Reeves supplied two while Kotzen and Paddy Kruyer declared one each. Normally there is no juvenile race at Kenilworth until December.

Snaith reports Western Cape Fillies Championship winner Snowdance in good shape, saying: “She came out of the race very well and at the moment she is in cruise control for the Fillies Guineas (2 December).”

Dean Kannemeyer plans to make haste slowly with Sugar Girl, the R2.5 million National Yearling Sale-topper who made such a big impression when winning first time out at Kenilworth last Thursday.

He said: “Sugar Girl has lots of potential, she won exceptionally well and she will get better as she matures. I would have been happy if she had finished in the first three but Grant Behr told me that, when he asked her, she simply dropped the gears and went.

“But you have got to have patience with a filly like this. I took her to Durban but didn’t run her and it was only two months ago that she began to turn the corner.”

Michael Clower

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