Som­mer­lied to call tune at Ke­nil­worth

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - SPORT - Phumelela

THERE is a be­lief that when Den­nis Drier brings his horses to Cape Town for the sea­son they need a run be­fore one can back them with any con­fi­dence.

There could be an el­e­ment of truth in that but to­day Som­mer­lied looks ready to dis­prove that the­ory. The four-year-old daugh­ter of Var has been spar­ingly raced, hav­ing only run five times for four wins. Her only dis­ap­point­ing race was over 1 200m at Ke­nil­worth in De­cem­ber last year when she faded over the fi­nal 200m to fin­ish ninth, 9,50 lengths be­hind An­neline.

She was rested for ex­actly six months af­ter that poor ef­fort but came back in the Non-Black Type Dur­ban Dash over 1 100m at Greyville and flew up in the clos­ing stages to touch off Sergeant Hardy by a head. Iron­i­cally he had his come­back run last week and beat Bold Re­spect by 0,40 lengths.

Som­mer­lied’s next start was in a Pin­na­cle Stakes over 1 000m at Scottsville and she again dis­played loads of courage to touch off Bru­tal Force, a Grade 2 win­ner, by a head. Som­mer­lied has a slightly tougher task in her re­turn af­ter three months as she does so in the Listed Lais­ser­faire Stakes over 1 100m al­though in this event she only has to take on mem­bers of her own sex.

Drier also has Anime in the race with MJ Byleveld up and she has al­ready had her warm-up race in the Cape when a one-length sec­ond be­hind Hoist The Mast but sta­ble jockey Sean Veale has elected to ride Som­mer­lied which looks sig­nif­i­cant.

The big­gest threat could be from Live Life who has been run­ning in Grade 1 com­pany. She has not run since fin­ish­ing un­placed be­hind Carry On Alice in SA Fil­lies Sprint at Scottsville in May.

Race 5 is a fas­ci­nat­ing Pin- na­cle Stakes over 1 400m and some of the best horses in the land will be mak­ing their sea­sonal de­buts in this event. Cap­tain Amer­ica, win­ner of the Grade 1 Gold Chal­lenge, Sail South, Grade 1 Cham­pi­ons Cup vic­tor at Greyville, and Edict Of Nantes, dual Grade 1 cham­pion, all make their come­back in this race.

Piere Stry­dom is in Cape Town to ride Brett Craw­ford-trained Edict Of Nantes and if all goes ac­cord­ing to plan this will be his ride for the ma­jor Cape races this sea­son. “Ob­vi­ously all that can change be­cause An­ton Mar­cus is the pre­ferred rider for May­fair Spec­u­la­tors and at this stage he is com­mit­ted to Le­gal Eagle. How­ever, if Edict Of Nantes runs well and Le­gal Eagle does not, he might be keen to swap rides.”

How­ever, the fit horse who is ide­ally dis­tance suited is Table Bay and he is taken to spoil the party of these top run­ners. -

SEA­SON’S RIDE . . . Piere Stry­dom will ride Edict Of Nantes in Race 5, a Pin­na­cle Stakes over 1400m, at Ke­nil­worth to­day.

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