Anton Marcus returns to race-riding in earnest at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Friday evening and on Saturday he will be on fancied contenders in both the Cape Classic and the Western Cape Fillies Championship at Kenilworth.
“It’s exciting to be back and I’m very fortunate that I have the support of Ridgemont,” he said yesterday as he calculated that he will have been riding work for two and a half weeks, and have ridden in three barrier trials (the third at Greyville tomorrow), by the time he returns from being sidelined by operations on his wrist and elbow.
The four-time champion has been snapped up by Vaughan Marshall for top-rated Langerman runner-up Silver Operator in the Cape Classic (a race he has won three times in the last six seasons) and for his retainer Ridgemont he partners second favourite Pretty Young Thing in the Western Cape Fillies as well as Yorktown in the mile handicap. Both are trained by Brett Crawford.
He also rides the Candice Bass-Robinson trained Joy Maisha in the 1 400m maiden and Bindi for Glen Kotzen in the last.
Aldo Domeyer’s book on his return from Hong Kong has increased to four. World Radar is 33-10 favourite for the Western Cape Fillies which Domeyer won on subsequent Cape Fillies Guineas winner Silver Mountain four years ago and on Clouds Unfold last season. In addition to Congo Compaq and Vikram for Andre Nel, he has been engaged by Paul Reeves for Pippielangkous in the fillies sprint handicap.
The Western Cape Fillies has a full book of 16 (plus a reserve) and this is something that has happened only twice before in the last decade. The winner has gone on to take the Cape Fillies Guineas five times in the past nine seasons.
Pretty Young Thing is currently a 5-1 chance and the Kotzen-trained Third Runway (Morne Winnaar) is on 6-1. Justin Snaith runs three in his bid to win the Grade 2 for a sixth time but none of his trio is considered a serious threat by the bookmakers. Richard Fourie’s mount Casino Queen is the shortest-priced at 13-1.
Snaith’s Sachdev (Fourie) is 9-2 favourite for the Cape Classic. The former champion trainer’s only previous winner of the race was Solo Traveller who in 2010 went on to land the Cape Guineas, a double subsequently achieved by Act Of War and Tap O’Noth.
Dean Kannemeyer has narrowed his powerful three-strong entry down to just Seventh Gear (Keagan de Melo) who is second favourite at 5-1.
By Michael Clower