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.
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