Draw a concern for African Warrior

PUBLISHED: 14 October 2019

African Warrior (Candiese Marnewick)

Umkhomazi winner African Warrior has to give between 4kg and 10.5kg to the entire field in in the Cape Classic when Cape Town racing returns to Kenilworth on Saturday week. In addition he has been hit with a 21 draw and so it is hardly surprising that he is far from certain to run.

Dean Kannemeyer, who won the 1 400m test with Depardieu eight years ago, said: “The draws have not been kind to African Warrior. He was drawn widest of all when he won the Group race in Durban and when he ran fifth in the Matchem. I haven’t yet made a decision on whether he will run in the Classic.

“I have other horses in the race and I am going to gallop some of them at Durbanville on Thursday including Liberty Hall who was second in the Premiers Champion. He comes in quite well in the Classic but it depends on how he works on Thursday.”

Durban-based Dennis Bosch has booked Craig Zackey for recent Graduation winner Padre Pio while Candice Bass-Robinson has accepted with Sophomore Sprint winner Three Two Charlie, Arctic Drift and Langerman victor Snow Report who was seventh in the Pinnacle on Saturday.

Justin Snaith has declared three and intriguingly these include General Franco who will be ridden for the first time by dual champion S’Manga Khumalo. Richard Fourie will be on Sachdev and Robert Khathi on Captain Tatters.

By Michael Clower