Born To Perform Lands Kings Cup

Former July dead-heater, and South African Champion Older Female Of 2009, Dancer’s Daughter came up with her first stakes winner when her talented son Born To Perform won the Listed Kings Cup (1600m) at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Sunday.

A consistent son of South Africa’s reigning champion sire, Born To Perform had been a beaten favourite when third in the Fever Tree Stakes (Non-Black Type) last time out but made amends with a stirring display in Sunday’s R150 000 feature –the first black type race of the KZN Winter Season.

Favouritism in the 2020 Kings Cup was entrusted to the Andre Nel trained Capoeira (11-2), but the latter faded out of contention after being well placed at the top of the straight.

The start of the race was marred when the fancied Crown Towers dislodged jockey S’Mango Khumalo, but fortunately, the loose horse did not interfere with the race itself.

Longshot Amor Ardiente (40-1) went out to make the pace, with Capoeira racing just off the pace, with the likes of Seattle Force (33-1) and Knights Templar (11-2).

Under inform jockey Warren Kennedy, the grey Born To Perform (9-2) stormed into the lead 300m from home and kept going gallantly to score by half a length with Tristful catching the eye back in second spot and the Brett Crawford trained G G’s Dynasty flying up after the race was over to take third.

Tristful, who was conceding the winner 6.5kgs, reversed his last start with G G’s Dynasty, when the latter had beaten Tristful into second place when victorious in the Listed Michael Roberts Handicap.

Trained by Dennis Bosch, Born To Perform has now won six of just 12 starts, and Sunday’s victory took his earnings to R493 500.

Born To Perform, the 95th stakes winner sired by Silvano, is a half-brother to three winners including the Wilgerbosdrift based broodmare Dashing Scarlet.

Images: Candiese Lenferna, Footage: Gold Circle Racing