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Kasimir Repeats In Diadem Win

Champion sprinter Kasimir successfully defended his G2 Khaya Stables Diadem Stakes title when running out a courageous winner of Saturday’s R350 000 sprint at Kenilworth racecourse.

In landing Saturday’s 1200m feature, Kasimir turned the tables on both Russet Air and Bold Respect, both of whom had vanquished Kasimir into third place in the recent G1 Cape Flying Championship, where Kasimir had not had the best of luck in running.

His connections were extremely bullish of Kasimir getting back on the winning track on Saturday, and the Equus Champion eventually started a 5-4 tote favourite.

The favourite prevailed, but had to work hard under regular rider Richard Fourie for victory.

Challenged down the inside by Russet Air, Kasimir seemed beaten when Gauteng visitor Chimichiri Run (13-2) produced a good looking run down the inside of the track.

The Drakenstein Stud bred Kasimir, however, is nothing if not game, and the favourite fought back bravely to earn his second Diadem Stakes win by a long neck over a luckless Chimichuri Run, with Russet Air (13-2) another neck away in third spot.

Kasimir provided trainer Justin Snaith with his fourth win on the day, with Snaith also having claimed both the G3 Cape OF Good Hope Nursery and Listed Selangor Jet Master Stakes on Saturday’s card.

One of two graded stakes winners for deceased champion sire Captain Al on the day (G3 KEPU Cape Of Good Hope Nursery winner Erik The Red being the other), Kasimir was a R1 200 000 buy from the 2016 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.

Now an eight time winner from 19 starts, Kasimir took his career earnings to R3 575 125 with Saturday’s triumph.

The five-year-old gelding, who is out of the three time winning Peintre Celebre mare Aquatint, is a half-brother to G1 Durban Golden Horseshoe winner Afrikaburn, as well as G2 Glorious Goodwood Peninsula Handicap runner up The Slade.

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