Table Mountain
Table Mountain

Table Mountain, Cape Town

(Photo : Western Province Tourism)


Kenilworth, Turf, 1600m

22 December 2012

The revs are up, and it’s all action in Helen Zille’s stronghold down in the Western Cape for Saturday’s R1million Cape Of Good Hope Guineas. The local contingent are extremely bullish about their chances, and especially ominous for the travellers, is Dean Kannemeyer’s opinion of his own entry, Capetown Noir. There’s no stable in the country with a record to equal his and his father Peter’s, with eight Guineas victories between them, and Dean rates this one up there with the best of his predecessors.

If you think that’s war talk, at least we know that he knows what he’s talking about, having sent out Noordhoek Flyer in the same Lady Laidlaw’s yellow and black silks to claim the laurels as recently as 2010. Dean says that what beats him, will win the race, though he means no disrespect to the opposition. While he thought Capetown Noir was a touch unlucky in the Selangor Cup last month in his struggle for a run, he acknowledged Joey Ramsden’s winner, King Of Pain was conceding his horse a kilo and a half, and that there’s leeway in that alone. Although Sean Tarry’s The Hangman had done little wrong on his march to Table Mountain, with a Group One victory in Durban as a juvenile, and an impressive surge for the big money in The Dingaans (Gr.2) last time at the races, he was yesterday scratched. Yes, Act Fast, Black Toga and Paterfamilias all have claims on the Selangor form, but the real protagonists appear to be, in the minds of the public at least, confined to Capetown Noir and King Of Pain.

It seems though, that the lessons of history have been forgotten. While most of the colonial action in this country in the 19th century took place around Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria, people forget that the greatest military moments in the glorious histories of the British Empire, the Boers and the Zulus, took place within a few hours of Summerhill. They also seem to have forgotten where Love Struck came from, and we’d be surprised if he’s not dishing up a bit of his own brand of cheek when he gets to the business end on Saturday.

Whatever happens, this one will be worth tuning in for, and if you miss the race, we’ll have it up on this site during the course of the weekend.