The injury to the unbeaten Captain Of Stealth – most people’s idea of the best two-year-old in Cape Town – has proved to be more serious than first thought and Vaughan Marshall, having received the scan results, reported on Saturday: “He will be out for ten months.”
The Captain Al colt wrapped himself below the joint and just above the coronet in a freak accident. Marshall and stable jockey M.J. Byleveld have long since learned the hard way of the painful vicissitudes that somehow seem to go hand-in-hand with racehorses but the extent of the setback is a cruel blow to owners Pat Freestone and John Habib who had been dreaming of Guineas glory.
Magnificent Seven, scratched from the final field for Saturday’s Vodacom Durban July last Wednesday, is out for the season.
Jono Snaith said: “He strained a tendon on the morning before the gallops. It’s not bad but the vets were of the opinion that if he went on grass he could do damage. It is disappointing but we didn’t want to take a chance. We will put him away for the Cape season when he will go for the same sort of races that he did this time including the New Turf Carriers Stayers on Sun Met day that he won.”
The Kenilworth stipes have finally completed their inquiry into the riding of Kingston Rock, fourth in the 1 000m maiden at Kenilworth on May 18. Corne Orffer, who pleaded guilty to failing to ride out his mount to the end of the race, has been suspended for a fortnight.
By Michael Clower