Cap­tain And Mas­ter full of class

The Star Early Edition - - RACING - DAVID THISELTON

THE Grade 1 Premiers Cham­pi­ons Stakes over 1 600m is one of the high­lights of the sec­ond day of the Gold Cup Fes­ti­val Of Rac­ing week­end and will form an im­por­tant part of the Pick 6, which has a guar­an­teed pool of R5,5 mil­lion and an ex­pected pool of R6 mil­lion.

The race is full of class, but com­pli­cat­ing mat­ters is that a lot of the fan­cied run­ners have tough draws.

The best prospect in the race is likely Cap­tain And Mas­ter, who has a mag­nif­i­cent stride and is full of class.

Af­ter the Grade 2 Dur­ban Golden Horse­shoe over 1 400m, trainer Sean Tarry ex­plained due to his lack of early speed he was strongly rousted from the off and this caused him to over race.

Af­ter S’Manga Khu­malo had even­tu­ally re­strained the big horse, he was sec­ond last.

All thing con­sid­ered, he did ex­cep­tion­ally well to run on for third, beaten 1,3 lengths, us­ing his big stride.

On the down­side, he did go down to the start quite strongly that day, so it can’t be taken for granted he will set­tle on Sun­day, es­pe­cially as he has a tricky draw of nine.

Purple Di­a­mond

Purple Di­a­mond was the sur­prise win­ner of the Golden Horse­shoe and will rel­ish the step up in trip. Piere Stry­dom will help him over­come his draw of 12, which is com­pared to his two draw in the Golden Horse­shoe.

The third of the Tarry run­ners is War­rior’s Rest, a huge son of What A Win­ter. His father was a cham­pion sprinter, but he is out of Badger Land mare who has pro­duced the Grade 1 Woolav­ing­ton 2000 win­ner Viva Maria and he looks to be cry­ing out for this trip.

From a good draw this big, long-strid­ing gal­loper makes appeal as the dark horse in a race which lacks pace as he should stay all the way to the line. An­ces­try was dropped out from draw eight in the Golden Horse­shoe be­fore find­ing a good po­si­tion on the rail.

He over­took Purple Di­a­mond, but the lat­ter ral­lied and got his nose back in front.

The Ora­to­rio colt should should han­dle the step up in trip on pedi­gree.

Monks Hood was caught out­side of An­ces­try in the Listed Gate­crasher Stakes over 1 400m and fin­ished only 0,75 lengths be­hind him.

This classy Quer­ari colt, who was highly im­pres­sive on de­but over 1 200m, has an­other wide draw to over­come, but he should en­joy the step up in trip and Anthony Delpech keeps the ride.

Bo­rya was only a head be­hind Monks Hood in the Gate­crasher when drawn two and stay­ing on well.

He fol­lowed up with an easy win over 1 400m on the poly and should en­joy this trip but he has a wide draw of 13 to over­come.

Cat’s Legacy

Cat’s Legacy over raced a lit­tle in the Gate­crasher be­hind a slow pace but fol­lowed up by run­ning on well for third in the KZN Year­ling Sale Mil­lion over 1 300m, where he gave the im­pres­sion he could stay this 1 600m trip.

How­ever, he has a wide draw and looks a sort who would ap­pre­ci­ate a good pace.

Eyes Wide Open won his maiden over this trip at Scottsville in eye catch­ing fashion and could be any­thing.

On de­but over 1 400m at Scottsville, from which the form has worked out well, he was caught wide and was green around the turn and it was also clear in the straight that this gal­lop­ing type would pre­fer fur­ther. Richard Fourie rides.

Chan­ty­man was slow away and caught wide on de­but when third in a weak maiden over 1 400m on the poly.

He then won from pil­lar to post by over seven lengths in a mod­er­ate 1 200m Maiden Ju­ve­nile Plate at Scottsville.

His dam, who won over a mile, has to date pro­duced sprint­ers, so there is a stamina doubt de­spite him be­ing by Ora­to­rio and he also has a tough draw.

Mu­jal­lad im­proved to win com­fort­ably over 1 400m last time and the form doesn’t look bad, so he could earn from a fair draw.

Leftright­good­night, who was well beaten by Mu­jal­lad, will ap­pre­ci­ate the trip, but needs plenty of im­prove­ment.

Sea King

Sea King was caught wide in the Gate­crasher when beaten 5,1 lengths and then fol­lowed up by win­ning a Ju­ve­nile Plate over 1 600m af­ter be­ing dropped out from a wide draw and com­ing from last.

He nar­rowly beat his more fan­cied sta­ble com­pan­ion Pack Leader, who was no­tice­ably green and has scope for im­prove­ment.

In­ter­est­ingly they both beat Eye’s Wide Open’s con­queror Cool At Heart, but the lat­ter looked to race too strongly in front over the step up in trip. Sea King and Pack Leader both have good draws. The im­pres­sive look­ing gal­loper Les­lie Shad­ow­liner’s race was run in the Gate­crasher be­fore the turn as he was caught hope­lessly wide. How­ever, he showed a fine turn of foot over 1 200m in his easy de­but win.

On a com­bi­na­tion of pedi­gree and rac­ing style he should han­dle the trip from a good draw.

The Gate­crasher and Golden Horse­shoe both look to be the best point­ers, which brings War­rior’s Rest into it too as he was on top of the like of Naafer in the Tsogo Sun Gold Medal­lion over a trip short of his best and the lat­ter caught the eye in the Golden Horse­shoe.

Cap­tain And Mas­ter is se­lected to beat Monks Hood, War­rior’s Rest and Purple Di­a­mond, but An­ces­try, Les­lie Shad­ow­liner and Eyes Wide Open are the hard­est of the oth­ers to ig­nore in a com­pet­i­tive event.

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