Armando can stretch his unbeaten run to three by confirming Somerset form with Captain Tatters, Ground Control and Fearless Warrior in the Cape Of Good Hope Nursery at Kenilworth tomorrow.
Brett Crawford considered his colt good enough to go to Scottsville for the Gold Medallion and it was only the horse’s long term future – he is to race in Hong Kong – that kept him at home.
True, he only has a length to spare on the book but he would have won by further five weeks ago had he not hung fire for a few seconds when pulled out to go and win his race. Corne Orffer said at the time that this was because he had never been to Kenilworth before and was having a look at what was in front of him. When he did accelerate he quickened like a good’un and he opened favourite at 12-10 with Track And Ball yesterday morning.
Fearless Warrior (13-2) was well beaten that day but he has won well since and Vaughan Marshall said that the reason for the below-par run was because the race did not go according to plan. It would be unwise to underestimate M.J. Byleveld’s mount, not least because Marshall has won three of the last 13 runnings.
Candice Bass-Robinson, bidding for her third consecutive Cape Nursery following Dutch Philip and the filly Clouds Unfold, runs the wide margin Durbanville winners Snow Report (11-2) and Three Two Charlie (8-1). Durbanville form is not Kenilworth but either could make the frame.
However stable companion Cousin Liz can gallop straight into the winner’s box in the Kenilworth Fillies Nursery despite not having raced for four months. When she won at odds-on on debut, beating four subsequent winners, Aldo Domeyer described her as “the real deal” and her trainer said she would put her away as she didn’t want to risk her getting too hot.
Bernard Fayd’Herbe takes over and his mount is joint favourite at 2.65-1. Also heading the market is Marshall’s Mirage who was well supported when winning on debut in mid-April. In the Perfect Promise Amy Johnson (third to Mirage) just got up to pip Drama Queen who had been beaten nearly three lengths when fourth to Cousin Liz.
But beware. This race has more often than not produced a major upset in recent years. Although the favourite has won half the past ten runnings, only once has she been successful in the last four and two of the three most recent winners started at 45-1 and 28-1.
If you are looking for a longshot you could do worse than 15-1 chance Queen Of Quiet who finished like a certain future winner on debut.
By Michael Clower