what a winter challenger for the bloodstock sa cape guineas
what a winter challenger for the bloodstock sa cape guineas

What A Winter - Bloodstock SA Cape Guineas (Gr1) Challenger

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Or are they “Paper Tigers”?

There’s a helluva scrap brewing in the Western Cape. As the Proteas take on India in Pretoria, the nation’s “Mother City” is cooking up another kind of storm, unrelated to the South-Easter which has been blasting Cape Town for the past several days.

Last year, racing fans were treated to a series of staggering performances from one of the deepest and most talented crops of Three-Year-Old colts our sport had ever witnessed. Any one of Irish Flame, Pierre Jourdan, Bold Silvano, Noordhoek Flyer, Bravura or Ancestral Fore, and even Curved Ball or Galileo’s Galaxy might have been champions in any other year.

Readers of these columns will remember the Summerhill mantra going into the 2009 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale, that this was meant to be the “Year of the Filly.

Ebony Flyer, Igugu and Hollywoodboulevard (the latter two both graduates of our draft at that sale), have revealed just how prophetic that judgment has turned out to be, but it seems the colts may be serving up a dish almost as formidable.

You’ll never know just how good the Cape’s What A Winter and Solo Traveller or Perana and Kavanagh(from Gauteng) really are, till they’ve faced-up to one another and then eventually been tested against their elders, but for the time being at least, the prospect of an all out “North vs South” war in Saturday’s Bloodstock SA Cape Guineas, beckons.

One man who won’t be budged from a powerful conviction that these four will stand comparison in time with those of last season, is Robert Bloomberg. He knows this game as well as anybody, and he puts down more money than most. When he speaks, we listen. Best tune-in to Tellytrack DSTV Channel 232 Saturday, and give the cricket a break.

R1,000,000 BLOODSTOCK SA CAPE GUINEAS (Grade 1)

Kenilworth, Turf, 1600m

18 December 2010

FINAL FIELD

#

Horse

Kg

MR

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

WHAT A WINTER

58.0

109

9

K Neisius

Mike Bass

2

COPPER PARADE

58.0

104

5

K Teetan

Joey Ramsden

3

KAVANAGH

58.0

104

2

J Geroudis

Mike de Kock

4

SOLO TRAVELLER

58.0

104

3

B Fayd’Herbe

Justin Snaith

5

PERANA (AUS)

58.0

102

12

K Shea

Mike de Kock

6

CASTLETHORPE (AUS)

58.0

101

4

A Marcus

Mike Bass

7

TOP SELLER

58.0

101

11

M Byleveld

Vaughan Marshall

8

IL SAGGIATORE (AUS)

58.0

98

7

G Hatt

Joey Ramsden

9

BRILLIANT CUT

58.0

97

15

*A Domeyer

Vaughan Marshall

10

M’LORDS THROAT

58.0

96

14

M Neisius

Glen Kotzen

11

RUN FOR IT

58.0

95

1

F Coetzee

Justin Snaith

12

KING FAHIEM

58.0

93

10

M Latorre

Glen Kotzen

13

LUCKY MOON

58.0

93

13

C Segeon

Joey Ramsden

14

WOLF ON THE FOLD

58.0

93

8

R Fourie

Brett Crawford

15

GREEN KEEPER

58.0

92

6

A Fortune

Justin Snaith

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