Anthony Govender with KZN challenger, Love Struck
(Photo : Supplied)
CAPE PREMIER YEARLING SALES GUINEAS (Grade 1)
Kenilworth, Turf, 1600m
22 December 2012
There’s an almighty war brewing this weekend. History tells us that KwaZulu-Natal has been the traditional battleground between the tribes that eventually made up the fabric of the nation, and while that may also apply to the racing world when we get to the championship events that define the season in May, June and July, the opening salvo among sophomores has always been the Cape of Good Hope Guineas (also known as the Cape Premier Yearling Sales Guineas (Gr.1). The entrants inevitably include a bunch of budding youngsters whose reputations are fresh and largely undented, so expectations are high and hopes are in the stratosphere. With few exceptions, the field embraces the protem leaders in their respective provinces, and this year is no different. The host region is headed up by the first four home in the principal Guineas trial, the Selangor Cup (Gr.2), Joey Ramsden’s narrow winner King Of Pain, seven-time Guineas-winning trainer, Dean Kannemeyer’s Capetown Noir, whose late charge told us he may be the better of the first two over the extra furlong, Act Fast and the fast-improving Trippi colt, Paterfamilias, who has a good “Derby” look to him.
While Jo’burg form had been confused by the fact that they’d been beating one another early in the season, The Hangman’s authoritative victory over the additional furlong in the Dingaans (Gr.2), left no doubt as to whom the dominant one is at this stage, and Sean Tarry’s charge goes to Cape Town with a big reputation to look after.
If the betting is anything to go by, it seems Western Cape bookmakers have scant regard for the form in KwaZulu-Natal, where the generation leader, by some stretch, is Summerhill-bred Love Struck. Mind you, the Cape have made that mistake before on the rugby field at considerable cost, and if owners Alesh Naidoo and Anthony Govender’s pronouncements on his well-being are anything to judge him by, Love Struck could just be the value in Saturday’s field.
We’ll be talking to a few of the principals during the week, and we’ll keep you posted.
Cape Premier Yearling Sales Guineas (Grade 1)
KING OF PAIN
CHAVE DE OURA
G van Niekerk