Kannemeyer gearing up for Cape Season

PUBLISHED: 20 August 2019

Seventh Gear (Candiese Marnewick)

Seventh Gear, the R4.75 million Captain Al colt out of Triple Tiara winner Cherry On The Top and so impressive at Hollywoodbets Scottsville last month, is among a dozen choice horses that Dean Kannemeyer has transferred from Summerveld to Milnerton to be prepared for the top prizes in the Cape season.

Seventh Gear (Candiese Marnewick)
Seventh Gear (Candiese Marnewick)

He said yesterday: “These horses arrived in Cape Town at the beginning of last week. I have changed things around a bit this time – normally I would vaccinate them in Durban and leave them there to get the warm sun on their backs – but those that arrived last week have now been vaccinated here.

“Seventh Gear is a horse that has tremendous potential and if he proves good enough he will be aimed at the Cape Guineas. His first start was over 1 200m at Hollywoodbets Greyville and on his second, over 1 400m, he absolutely annihilated them. I have trained a few classic winners in my time and I think that this one could be falling into that category.”

Kannemeyer, who has won the Cape Guineas five times, also mentioned the Umkhomazi winner African Warrior and Premiers Champion runner-up Liberty Hall as being among the 12 to have arrived from Durban.

He said: “Liberty Hall won first time out and was unlucky to be beaten (a neck into third) next time before running second in the Group 1. I don’t yet know what African Warrior’s right distance is but he has a hell of a turn of foot. As we go into the season I will expose him over more ground and with his high rating (112) I will possibly start him off in something like the Matchem.”

But not all the Kannemeyer equine traffic is going to be one way – “There is a lot more racing, and more money, for the lower division horses in Durban so I may well send a few of those category horses up there.

”Last year was a difficult one for me but we came back well at the end of the season and I believe I have a stronger three-year-old string this time.”

By Michael Clower