We went into this weekend with a few hopes of big race glory, and while we didn’t snag any by Saturday, there are still three Black Type events to come today, and we have a few near the top of the boards for these.
However, it’s been a good show for KAHAL so far, with VANGELIS romping home on his first racecourse visit, by five and a half lengths in the farm’s colours on Friday.
DESERT LINKS, who has the Vodacom July in his sights, could not have been more impressive in his three and a half length massacre of a good field in Cape Town, and then RESOUNDING SPIRIT ran a great race in second place in the Gr3 Pretty Polly Stakes at Turffontein; a display which would have made her a winner of most renewals, as she went down to the quite exceptional MERLENE DE LAGO, a product of Australia’s current number one stallion ENCOSTA DE LAGO from a winner of the Golden Slipper.
The Horse Chestnut (Gr1) frustrated us once again and we had to settle for the narrowest of losses as EMPEROR NAPOLEON (KAHAL) claimed his fourth Group One second place. Bearing in mind that in three of them he was beaten by less than a head on each occasion, he has to rank as one of racing’s unluckiest runners, but he’ll still have his day, and maybe that will come in next month’s Gomma Gomma, which carries Africa’s richest prize money.
CATMANDU and PICK SIX gave the farm three of the first five home in the Horse Chestnut, and coupled with IMBONGI’s excellent run in the SA Classic, where he made up 15 lengths in the straight, only to be denied as his stamina gave in the last furlong, we didn’t have too bad a day.
Saturday was a grand day for our feed business,VUMA though, as their customers took four of the five Graded races carded, including Lance Wiid’s King’s Gambit, in the Classic, while Charles Laird took three of the others. Not a bad day at the office!
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