It’s the Diadem on 27 December next and then probably the Cape Flying on 24 January. But bear in mind, I’ve also done the Sceptre (on 17 January) as well in the past!
— Mike Bass / Trainer

Michael ClowerTrainer Mike Bass has his sights firmly fixed on next month’s Betting World Cape Flying Championship after Fly By Night (Jet Master), under an ultra-determined Bernard Fayd’Herbe, pegged back Alboran Sea (Rock Of Gibraltar) well inside the final furlong of the Grade 2 Tony Taberer Southern Cross Stakes. But the Grade 1 Mercury Sprint winner could be in for a busy few weeks ahead.

Bass said: ”It’s the Diadem on 27 December next and then probably the Cape Flying on 24 January. But bear in mind I’ve also done the Sceptre (on 17 January) as well in the past! This was a good run from Fly By Night. Alboran Sea went for her life and it was a big ask to catch her. But mine was good enough to do it.”

Stable companion Lanner Falcon (Trippi) (fifth) was severely handicapped by a slipping saddle which, to jockey Grant van Niekerk’s consternation, began to go backwards soon after the start.

If Alboran Sea is again in opposition on 24 January she won’t risk being the hare a second time as trainer Mike de Kock said: “This is the wrong place to go to the front.”

Trainer Darryl Hodgson and owner Hassen Adams had some compensation for Fairyinthewoods’ (Count Dubois) recent career-ending injury when jockey Gerrit Schlechter got Dressed In Cotton (Jallad) up on the line in the Listed Val De Ra Southeaster Sprint over 1100m.

Hodgson said: “Fairyinthewoods (winner of last year’s Southern Cross Stakes) damaged her near-fore tendon in her final gallop for this race. I am very disappointed because I feel she would have won again. She now goes to stud - Hassen will decide which stallion - while Dressed In Cotton will run in the Diadem although he won’t be as well in as he was here.”

Extract from Tab News