Cape Town’s summer season concludes with a showy packed race in Kenilworth on Saturday – headlined by the Grade 1 Jonsson Workwear Cape Derby, a famously old race with a lineup of smart young things.
Hot-pot favorite for the Derby is Double Superlative, a colt that champion trainer Justin Snaith has reportedly pinned as his next big star.
The son of Twice Over ran a nice fourth place at the Cape Town Met a month ago, 1.70 lengths from winner Kommetdieding – in a race that three-year-olds usually don’t excel at.
That effort — over the same 2,000 yards of grass as Saturday’s game — thrilled the handicappers and increased his merit rating from 111 to 125 overnight. That is of course not important on Saturday, because the Derby three-year-olds are all allocated 60 kg. But it does mean that he is by far the best weighted horse in the race.
Before the Met, Double Superlative won the 1600m Cape Guineas easily, also in Kenilworth. Anton Marcus drove him in both races and will now know what drives the colleague.
But it is not a one horse race.
Anton’s cousin, Adam Marcus, has Universal in the running. This foal completed perfect preparation for this task as he won the 1800m Politician Stakes on Met Day. Before that, he had a difficult passage in the Guineas, finishing some four lengths of Double Superlative. On an undisturbed run, he should end up much closer to the talking horse – with the extra ground also in his favor.
Master Redoute came in second in the Politician, eating up ground towards the end and can’t be rated much lower than Universal. His trainer and jockey, Andre Nel and Grant van Niekerk, form a deadly combination.
Early bets have come for Never Ending Rain, for whom Glen Kotzen secured the services of powerful Highveld rider Gavin Leera. Attention should also be paid to Pomp And Power, Senso Unico and Global Ally.
Derby Day also has a host of supporting features, including the Grade 2 Diadem Stakes and the Grade 3 Prix Du Cap.
There’s also a shrimp and tune fandango, and the whole event is called The Cape Town Seafood and Jazz Festival. In addition, a transfer of R500,000 will likely increase the Pick 6 pot to R3 million.
1: 8 Trompie, 9 We Jamming, 2 Grinkov, 6 Pure Maverick
2: 3 Body Electric, 1 Absolute Pleasure, 4 Epsom Girl, 6 Philosophise
3: 6 Follow The Star, 1 Crome Yellow, 3 Salvator Mundi, 2 Bayberry
4: 4 Warrior, 6 Super Silvano, 3 Firealley, 7 Rockin’ Ringo
5:1 Rio Querari, 7 Cosmic Highway, 3 Bereave, 2 Seeking The Stars
6: 1 Double Superlative, 3 Universal, 6 Master Redoubt, 4 Never Ending Rain
7: 1 Princess Calla, 6 Amanzimtoti, 3 Rain in Newmarket, 4 Truly Royal
8: 7 Shifting Path, 8 William’s Impact, 12 Echo Of Life, 10 Sure
9:1 Silent War, 14 Faire Advantage, 7 Dean Street, 3 Masterful Guy
Choose 6: 1,3,4,6,7,8.11 x 1 x 1,3.6 x 1,3,6 x 6.7,10.15 x 1,2,3,4,6,7.14 ( R1764)
FATHER: 1.6 x 4.6 x 1 x 1 x 1.6 x 7.8,10.12 x 1.7.14 (R96)
Turf fountain Sunday
Best: Race 1 No. 2 JP Two Thousand
Where the: Race 8 No 9 Duke of Normandy