Bishop’s Bounty springs a surprise
WHEN it comes to the Cape summer season, you ignore any runners from the Justin Snaith stable at your peril – even when they are seemingly friendless in the market.
Currently leading the national trainer’s log with 87 winners and R2 million ahead of his nearest rival Sean Tarry, Snaith added two important races to his current CV when 14-1 shot Sir Frenchie finished best of all to land the Fairview Wines Sophomore Sprint in the face of some stiff opposition and added further salt to punters wounds with 40-1 chance Bishop’s Bounty getting home ahead of another outsider, Tevez in the Gr2 Khaya Stables Diadem Stakes.
Dutch Philip went off favourite in the Diadem but a three-year-old has not won this race since 2006 and he was never seen in the race with a chance.
Trainer Candice BassRobinson admitted earlier in the week that the Diadem was always going to be a difficult race given the strength of the opposition and the record of three-year-olds in the race however Dutch Philip does have the small matter of the CTS $500 000 on his agenda on Sun Met day so all is not lost.
Grant van Niekerk is the latest Snaith recruit in the Western Cape jockey’s merrygo-round and has been doing the yard proud, winning the Gr1 Paddock Stakes last weekend and doing the double yesterday, both well-timed rides from off the pace.
Sergeant Hady cut a lonely figure in his attempt to stretch the Diadem field but the red light was flashing on the dash for Bernard Fayd’herbe approaching the final furlong as first Tevez, second last year, and then Bishop’s Bounty reeled him in; Bishop’s Bounty running on the stronger and winning with something in hand.
Mujaafy finished a creditable fourth while Trip To Heaven, who didn’t blow the start for once, running at them late.
Sand And Sea
Sand And Sea was a lukewarm favourite for the Sophomore Sprint but was under pressure early and didn’t go on with his effort.
He is an imposing son of Twice Over and it will come as no surprise if the vet is called in sooner rather than later.
Van Niekerk had Sir Frenchie well back in the running early on as Bold Respect cut the early fractions before slipping Sir Frenchie up the inside rail with a perfectly timed finish to snaffle Bold Respect close home with Woljayrine third.
Sand And Sea battled on for fourth place but never threatened.
Grant van Niekerk produced rank outsider BISHOP’S BOUNTY with a perfectly timed run to land the Gr2 Khaya Stables Diadem Stakes at Kenilworth yesterday for Justin Snaith. The pair also teamed up with Sir French to win the Listed Fairview Wines Sophomore Sprint.