Anton Marcus, who took over on One World when stable jockey M.J. Byleveld was out injured, keeps the ride on the Vaughan Marshall star in the Winter Guineas at Kenilworth on Saturday.
Marcus has won three out of four on the Captain Al colt, including the valuable CTS 1600, and Saturday’s Grade 3 looks at his mercy as his mount is rated 8kg better than next-highest Herodotus who receives only 2kg – as does Vardy who was beaten nearly four lengths in the R5 million Met-day race.
Twist Of Fate, who was a length and a half second in that mile and would have been a kilo better, runs instead in the KZN Guineas on Friday week. Joey Ramsden, confirming this yesterday, pointed out that his colt was drawn particularly wide (15 out of 16) in the Kenilworth race. In the Greyville Grade 2 he is drawn one.
One World is now as short as 11-20 with World Sports Betting which makes Vardy second favourite at 5-1 and goes 7-1 Herodotus, 8-1 Majestic Mozart, 12-1 Russet Air, 14-1 Fabian, 16-1 Clouded Hill. The field of seven is the smallest the Winter Guineas has seen for at least 18 years.
Marcus, who has won three of the last seven runnings, rides in seven of the eight races on Saturday and four of his mounts are for his Ridgemont retainer. Other notable visitors include dual champion S’Manga Khumalo (three rides including Herodotus) and Randall Simons whose six mounts are all for Candice Bass-Robinson.
By Michael Clower