CAPE TOWN – Linebacker got here dwelling with a moist sail to rating a convincing victory within the Jonsson Workwear Cape Derby (Grade 1) over 2000m on Saturday.
This was justice served after a sequence of robust beat seconds in 4 successive Stakes races.
“I knew he had the race won in an instant, he just got there so easily and it’s scary how good he is!” extolled jockey Grant van Niekerk, after piloting the son of Captain Of All with aplomb.
Linebacker surged from close to the again of the sphere with a clean, well-timed run down the centre of the lengthy Kenilworth straight to win this extremely prized race for superior center distance three year-olds.
Leading market rivals, Rascallion and The Gatekeeper had been engaged in a spirited duel and for a second regarded like they might battle for glory, however when the bay gelding was unleashed by van Niekerk, it was throughout.
Trainer Vaughan Marshall, who had the excellence of saddling this Grade 1 exacta as Rascallion held second, mentioned that the extra work he threw at Linebacker and additional he stretched his limits in coaching, the extra the horse thrived.
Any doubts about Klawervlei Stud bred thoroughbred lasting dwelling over this longer route had been dispelled in his thoughts beforehand after some bullet work -outs, and the race itself showcased Marshall’s vastly skilled dealing with of high quality Classic performers.
Rascallion was crushed with each probability as Anton Marcus comfortably stalked badly unsettled tempo setter, Russian Rock earlier than making his transfer on the 400m. The Gatekeeper made the anticipated enchancment to problem for the placings and is one other that will likely be an actual drive with added bodily maturity through the upcoming KZN Winter season.
The 1200m Khaya Stables Diadem Stakes (G2) fell to closely punted Rio Querari. This muscular ball of vitality capped a stellar Cape Summer season quickening up well down the interior and remarkably, given the standard of opposition together with a number of G1/G2 winners, simply freewheeled in underneath hot-jock’s Grant van Niekerk hand journey.
Rio Querari possessed the fascinating upwardly cell profile of a primed sprinter producing career bests, not like market rivals Kasimir and Russet Air who, while significantly achieved older speedballs, are seemingly on a downward curve of their careers. Neither may preserve tempo with Rio Querari when it counted, and it was left to lengthy photographs, Hello Winter Hello and Cartel Captain to decide up the items approach again in 2nd and third.
Earlier, Zarina swooshed previous very sport entrance runner Icon Princess to take out the Vasco Prix du Cap (G3) underneath an impressed journey by Oswald Noach, who seized the sunshine -weight engagement with relish. Zarina is sort of a feisty filly but she will actually activate the afterburners when within the temper and she or he bombed previous within the last 200, to win with authority.
The daughter of Master of My Fate emerged with credit score when third within the Fillies Classic over the course and distance behind Princess Calla in October. A subsequent win towards older rivals additionally over this Kenilworth 1400m after a torrid journey confirmed her expertise and she or he duly delivered in a real run contest. Icon Princess and Maledimo pressed the tempo and saved on doughtily for place money with Lemon Delight filling a tough Quartet sequence.
Hot favorite Clouds Unfold was by no means an element after a tricky sequence of latest races and she’s going to now be retired to Drakenstein Stud. This daughter of What a Winter has compiled an admirable report underneath the sympathetic dealing with of Candice Bass Robinson however there was to be no celebratory ship off for the nine- time successful mare having her twenty first begin.
Both the Cape of Good Hope Nursery (G3) and Kenilworth Fillies Nursery (G3) had been received utilizing comparable hold-up ways down the 1200m straight into a gentle south east breeze. Cosmic Highway (educated by Dean Kannemeyer) quickened away in nice type to win the opener regardless of a tardy get-away, while Gimme Dat, additionally sired by Gimmethegreenlight, got here from effectively off the early velocity to win the Fillies Nursery by open lengths from Winter Mosiac, in a race dominated by Snaith Racing entries.
Former Champion miler, Gimmethegreenlight is constantly close to the highest of the stallion rankings in South Africa and he’s but once more produced sensible kids with nice potential. Given that some very wonderful juveniles have received these prestigious Nurseries through the years, the long run engagements of each Cosmic Highway and Gimme Dat must be adopted with curiosity.