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Erik The Red Lands Cape of Good Hope Nursery

A race review failed to prevent 11-20 tote favourite Erik The Red from claiming the spoils in Saturday’s G3 KEPU Cape Of Good Hope Nursery (1200m) at Kenilworth on Saturday.

The Captain Al colt was all the rage to win Saturday’s R200 000 contest, with Erik The Red’s two previous victories including a one and a quarter length score in the Listed Cape Town And Western Cape Marketed By Wesgro Summer Juvenile Stakes last time out.

Erik The Red duly made it three wins on the bounce, and a third win from just four starts, when landing the spoils in Saturday’s race, but his win was not without controversy.

Always up with the pace, along side Purple Cloud, the Justin Snaith trained two-year-old kept finding more in the closing stages under Richard Fourie, but Fourie battled to keep his mount on a straight line, and Erik The Red clearly moved over and made contact with runner up Jospeh Barry.

A race review was called for immediately after the race, but eventually the original winner was confirmed, with the Varsfontein Stud bred and owned colt landing the 2020 Cape Nursery by a long neck over a very game, and somewhat unlucky, Joseph Barry.

The latter finished a length and a quarter clear of the promising third place finisher Rascallion, who did his own cause no good when slow away.

Erik The Red claimed his third win in a time of 72.26.

The 2020 Cape Of Good Hope Nursery was yet another triumph for deceased champion sire Captain Al, with the former Klawervlei Stud resident sire not only of Erik The Red but also runner up Joseph Barry.

The well bred Erik The Red, a half-brother to the now Hong Kong based Varallo, is out of the Western Winter mare Covenant –whose seven wins (five coming in graded/listed races) included the 2011 G1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes.

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