The race that defined the stallion careers of the colossi, Jet Master, Captain Al and Dynasty, the Cape Guineas, was also the race that anointed Capetown Noir and Act of War as potential stars of the breeding firmament. It takes place at Kenilworth on Saturday 17th December at 3:50pm, and Summerhill hopes rest on the ample shoulders of Africa Rising, whose ancestry traces one of our original foundation mares Final Wonder. She was the only foal in the last crop of the multiple Champion sire Persian Wonder, and has since spawned a veritable dynasty.

Drawn at last in the Number 2 slot (he’s had no luck in his most recent outings), Africa Rising is priced up among the top five contenders, and according to his champion trainer, Sean Tarry, he’s ready for action.

Sean Tarry has enjoyed a good Cape summer so far and he saddles the Visionaire colt Africa Rising, who finally cracks a decent draw. He ran on steadily for a 3,60 lengths finish behind stablemate Safe Harbour at his Cape debut in the Lanzerac Ready To Run Stakes and looks set to improve over the extra 200m. Boom Dynasty colt Craven gives the pair of trainer Brett Crawford and jockey Bernard Fayd’herbe an opportunity to repeat their 2013 success with the overseas bound, Elusive Gold. The Avontuur-bred Craven has started at short odds at all his four starts and atoned last time for a n inexplicable slump at his third start, with a smooth win beating Dancer 2,50 lengths in an MR 73 Handicap. He is well drawn and gets a big chance to show us how good he is.

According to the latest online betting, Table Bay has been installed favourite to give trainer Joey Ramsden his third Grand Parade Cape Guineas win in six seasons at Kenilworth on Saturday. Anton Marcus’s mount has eased to 4-1, with Heavenly Blue second favourite at 6-1 with Zodiac Ruler next on 13-2. The rest of the field are priced at: 7-1 Singapore Sling; 8-1 Gold Standard; 10-1 Africa Rising; 11-1 William Longsword; 12-1 Gunner, Edict Of Nantes, Bishop’s Bounty; 16-1 Craven; 18-1 Hack Green; 25-1 A New Dawn; 40-1 Elusive Path; 50-1 Elevated, Pacific Spirit.

Extracts from Sporting Post & Green Street Bloodstock