Strathdon, beaten less than a length when fifth in the New Turf Carriers Western Cape Stayers on Sun Met day, has been installed 16-10 favourite for the Kenilworth Cup at Cape Town’s Leap Year meeting on Saturday.
Tap O’Noth, a neck second in that race, finished over half a length in front of The Justin Snaith six-year-old that day, but Vaughan Marshall’s hope now has to concede 2kg and is second favourite at 18-10.
Dynasty’s Blossom was three lengths behind Tap O’Noth when ridden by Ryan Moore on that occasion and she reopposes on the same terms. Corne Orffer rides the mare for the first time in public and she is third favourite at 9-2.
Snaith, by his own admission expecting a “monster day,” has three favourites and three second favourites from his 14 runners.
By Michael Clower