Saturday’s Gr2 Khaya Stables Diadem Stakes over 1200m produced a Trifecta for Cape Thoroughbred Sales. CTS purchase Kasimir held on to beat fellow CTS-graduates Speedpoint and Chimichuri Run, and posted his fastest time over the six-furlong this season.
The race also crowned a successful Cape summer season for Gaynor Rupert’s Drakenstein Stud, who bred the first three past the post.
Kasimir had won November’s Gr2 Merchants Stakes and January’s Gr1 Cape Flying Championship in commanding fashion, with good improvement attributed to his being gelded.
The Diadem Stakes proved to be his toughest recent assignment due to a swing in weights with several formidable rivals including Speedpoint and Bold Respect, who were 2kg to the good on their last encounter.
Kasimir’s gelding has taught him to focus better and run through, but jockey Richard Fourie had to draw on every ounce of his mount’s gameness to claim the contest by a bob of the noses.
Kasimir was up there near the front line of the Diadem pace and he tracked Chimichuri Run who cut the clip with a few on his inside and Bold Respect doing the same to his outer.
Fourie’s game plan had to be executed to the split second to produce the desired result at these weights and when they came to the 200 mark one sensed that he knew exactly what he had under him, and how far the winning post was from his hard-rallying ride.
Fourie had Chimichuri Run and Bold Respect in hand with 100m to go, but he undoubtedly expected a late challenge from somewhere and maintained his rhythmic driving and precise use of the whip. When the last-gasp flash came from a low-flying Speedpoint, Kasimir was balanced and courageous enough to hold on, and his nose was down when the cameras snapped.
Jono Snaith praised Richard Fourie’s great ride and said that Kasimir would now enjoy a rest ahead of his departure for KZN at the end of next month. He said: “Well done to all of our loyal owners – it’s been a great season!”
A four-year-old by Captain Al from Aquatint, by Paintre Celebre, Kasimir was a R1,2-million 2015 CTS Premier Yearling Sales buy who races for William Drew, Bernard Kantor, Peter and Anna Doyle, Diane Nagle and Mrs Paul Shanahan.
He clocked 70.90s in winning his 6th of 14 starts and has banked in excess of R2,3-million.