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Kasimir Overcomes Stumble To Land Matchem

Trainer Justin Snaith and deceased champion sire Captain Al dominated feature race action at Durbanville on Saturday afternoon.

Not only did Snaith saddle Captain Al filly Captain’s Ransom to score an impressive win in Saturday’s G3 Diana Stakes, he also saddled Captain Al’s champion son Kasimir to score a hard-fought and courageous win in the G3 Matchem Stakes (1400m) -the very next race following the Diana Stakes.

The highest-rated runner in the Matchem Stakes, Kasimir (South Africa’s Champion Sprinter of 2018-2019) did well to win after he stumbled coming out of the starting stalls.

Under jockey Richard Fourie, the Drakenstein Stud-bred six-year-old was settled just off the pace, which was set by Snow Report (16-1).

The latter kept finding more, and with 200m from home, Kasimir (12-10) appeared to be battling to quicken, as first Majestic Mozart, More Magic and Ready Steady Go launched threatning looking challenges.

However, under a strong ride from Fourie, Kasimir quickened up and got up in the shadow of the post to notch up his ninth career win by scoring by a long neck. His paternal half-brother More Magic (17-2), whose trainer had also had to settle for second in the G3 Diana Stakes, ran on for second, with a fast-finishing Ready Steady Go (25-1) defying his odds to take third.

The favourite claimed the Matchem Stakes in a time of 83.54.

Kasimir, who has now six graded triumphs to his name including both the 2019 G1 Cape Flying Championship and G1 Mercury Sprint of the same season, is out of Peintre Celebre’s three time winning daughter Aquatint.

The latter, a granddaughter of the flying Sigy, is also dam of G1 Durban Golden Horseshoe winner Afrikaburn (by Trippi) and G2 Peninsula Handicap runner up The Slade (by Philanthropist).