Tap O’Noth eyes Queen’s Plate

PUBLISHED: 24 October 2019

Tap O'Noth (Liesl King)

The Cape Mile at Kenilworth on November 9 could be on the agenda for Tap O’Noth as he heads towards the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and after the encouraging way he ran on into third behind Head Honcho in last week’s Durbanville pinnacle.

It was the five-year-old’s first outing since the Sun Met in January, and his first since being gelded, and Vaughan Marshall said: “I was very pleased. He might run next in the Cape Mile even though the conditions are ridiculous. If your horse is rated 101 he has to carry 60kg.”

Tap O’Noth is on an unchanged 120 after his run and, unless there are any of the real stars in the race, he could benefit from the conditions of the R135 000 1 600m non-black type event as he will meet anything rated above 100 at levels. There is a 2kg penalty for Grade 1 winners but this only applies if they won at the top level in the last 18 months.

Marshall also has One World for the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate but he is keen that the two stable companions should not clash before the big one. Last year’s Cape Mile was won by Rainbow Bridge en route to third in the Queen’s Plate and victory in the Met.

By Michael Clower