Malmoos Bids To Maintain Unbeaten Record
The Mike de Kock trained Malmoos will bid to make it four wins from four starts when he lines up in the G2 Avontuur Estate Concorde Cup (1600m) at Kenilworth on Saturday.
A full-brother to G3 East Cape Derby winner Captain Splendid, Malmoos, who makes his Cape debut this weekend, comes into the race off a convincing win, over previously unbeaten stablemate Forever Mine, in the G3 Palacebet.co.za Live Games Graham Beck Stakes.
Trainer Vaughan Marshall sends out Linebacker and Rascallion in Saturday’s classic trial, with the colts having finished second and third respectively in the recent G3 Cape Classic. However, with Classic runner up Linebacker drawn poorly, his stablemate, who should relish the step up in trip, could well getter closer in Saturday’s race.
Glen Kotzen saddles three in the Concorde Cup -Crimson King, Ashford Castle and My Bestie. Well bred Dynasty colt Crimson King, a close relative of former July winner Hunting Tower, showed plenty of promise earlier this year but makes his first start since finishing third in August’s G1 Premiers Champion Stakes. Nicely drawn in four, he could be a big runner here.
Stablemate Ashford Castle proved only managed sixth, when well fancied, in the G2 Durban Golden Horseshoe but unlike Crimson King has a recent run under his belt, while My Bestie looks held by both Linebacker and Rascallion on his sixth place finish in the Cape Classic.
Justin Snaith sends out both a full-brother to stable star Legislate and a son of that July winner on Saturday, in the form of The Gatekeeper and Hoedspruit respectively. The former faces his toughest task to date but looks very promising, while the poorly drawn Hoedspruit, who gets the services of stable jockey Richard Fourie, has won two of four starts and should be running on strongly if he can overcome the draw.
The progressive Red Lark has won his last three races in a row but faces a much tougher task here, while Noir’s Boy looks held by the likes of Rascallion, Linebacker and The Gatekeeper on past formlines.
Beautifully bred colt Silvano’s Timer, a son of multiple champion sire Silvano and Fillies Guineas runner up Tick Tock, has won two of just three starts and could be anything.