Star 3YOs To Clash In Cape Guineas Thriller
Kenilworth racecourse will be the scene of what looks to be a thrilling edition of the G1 Cape Racing Presents The Cape Guineas (1600m) this Saturday.
The Guineas, one of South Africa’s most prestigious races for 3yos, has a stellar role of honour with past winners including such as Hawaii, Politician, Colorado King, Empress Club, Horse Chestnut, Jay Peg, Variety Club and champion sires Jet Master and Captain Al.
Unbeaten 3yo Malmoos (pictured above) will be bidding to make it five wins from five starts when he lines up in Saturday’s classic. The son of former Cape Guineas winner Captain Al ran out a convincing winner of the G2 Avontuur Estate Cape Guineas last time out but does have a slightly wide draw to overcome on Saturday. On a line through Linebacker and Rascallion, Malmoos may have to up his game to account for Seeking The Stars.
Trainer Vaughan Marshall has an excellent record in the Cape Guineas, and he will be represented by no fewer than five runners here. His Vercingetorix colt Seeking The Stars (below), the highest rated runner in the race, comes into the Guineas off facile wins in both the G3 Cape Classic and De Grendel CTS Ready To Run Stakes and looks the horse to beat in the 2020 Cape Guineas. Seeking The Stars holds his stablemates, the poorly drawn Linebacker, Rascallion and Look For Hounds, off his win in the Cape Classic, while Marshall’s other runner Contact Zone looks promising but the ratings suggest he may struggle in this company.
Last season’s Equus Champion, and G1 Gold Medallion winner, Tempting Fate may well have needed his first Cape outing of the season when finishing one from last over 1200m, but the speedily bred colt has yet to confirm he stays the 1600m, and Saturday could be the acid test for him.
Trainer Dean Kannemeyer is another with a fine record in the Cape Guineas, and Kannemeyer saddles both Silvano’s Timer and Russian Rock on Saturday. The progressive Silvano’s Timer has ground to find with Malmoos, Linebacker and Rascallion, while his stablemate Russian Rock, third to the unbeaten Kommetdieding last time out, tries the 1600m trip for a first time on Saturday.
Fast Love looks held on his run behind Seeking The Stars last time out, while Gauteng visitor Willow Express, also, was comprehensively beaten by Seeking The Stars in the De Grendel CTS Ready To Run Stakes and needs to improve to be a threat here.
Fresh off an impressive win in the G1 WSB Cape Fillies Guineas, Justin Snaith saddles three here in the form of Hoedspruit, The Gatekeeper and Jet Dark, with riding arrangements suggesting that the poorly drawn The Gatekeeper is the pick of the Snaith trio. However, last season’s G3 Beaumont Stud Langerman winner Jet Dark winning a good race over 1500m, while the smart Hoedspruit finished three lengths off Malmoos last time out and looks held on that effort.
Brett Crawford’s sole runner is the lightly raced Invincabelle, a winner of his first two in a row, before finishing second to Kommetdieding last time out. The son of Querari looks progressive and tries the 1600m trip for a first time on Saturday.
Images: Malmoos – JC Photos, Seeking The Stars – Chase Liebenberg Designs