Thomas Henry should be the answer to the Interbet Maiden Juvenile, the first two-year-old race of the Cape season, at Kenilworth tomorrow – and not just because he cost more than all the other runners put together.
Glen Kotzen bought the half-brother to Dutch Philip for Hugo Hattingh for R580 000 at the CTS Cape Premier Sale and won this race with Gold Image three years ago.
The Woodhill trainer has his horses in fine form and he said yesterday that Thomas Henry is a speedy sort, adding: “He is a nice sensible colt – he will jump out and do what he has to do – but he hasn’t been tried to win first time out or anything like that. I galloped him with a maiden and he went the better. I will be disappointed if he doesn’t run well and I hope he wins.”
Justin Snaith, successful with The Black Rose in 2011 and with Var Ahead four years ago, has supplied the favourite in each of the last four seasons. Stuck On You, who cost R100 000 at the National Yearling Sale, was 22-10 second favourite yesterday morning with Thomas Henry heading the market at 12-10.
The dual champion trainer said: “She is a speedy sort by What A Winter and I am expecting a good run. But she has only been on the grass once and, if there is a hottie in the race, maybe you should go with that.”
Lady Catherine is third favourite after being backed from 6-1 to 9-2. She cost R100 000 at the Cape Premier and, like 8-1 stable companion Star Captain (also bought for R100 000 but at the Cape Yearling Sale), is by Captain Of All.
Greg Ennion said: “Lady Catherine is a lovely big filly who has got a lot of pace. She shows enough to be competitive and would be the quicker of my two. Star Captain might want a little bit further.”
Glen Puller won this race with Harlem Shake five years ago and is two-handed with 12-1 shot Legitimise and 15-1 outsider Broken Promises. They were bought for R40 000 and R35 000 at the Cape Yearling Sale.
Assistant trainer Riaan van Reenen said: “They are both forward, full of potential and are well prepared but they are not really 900m horses and so there are no great expectations.”
Piet Botha, on the mark with Warrior Tiger here on Wednesday, is expecting a good run from R30 000 Cape Yearling Sale purchase Captain’s Flo, yet another by Captain Of All. She is an 11-1 shot.
Botha said: “I haven’t galloped her but she has got quite a bit of pace. I think she will be a sprinter and I expect her to run well.”
Aldo Domeyer, who rides Thomas Henry, can complete a quick double on Diva’s Express in the Wilgerbosdrift Stud Maiden while Kotzen’s Imperial Rage (5-2) may get the better of 13-10 favourite Flowerscape in the Vaughan Marshall Racing Maiden 35 minutes later.
By Michael Clower