Nineteen CTS graduates are entered to contest five prestigious features during the 2021 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Festival that starts at Kenilworth on Friday. Eleven of them were sold from various renewals of the Cape Premier Yearling Sale, which has been moved to 14 March this year.
The Gr2 Cartier Sceptre Stakes over 1200m tops the Friday bill and CTS-purchased sprinting aces Roll In The Hay (Gimmethegreenlight), Hello Winter Hello (What A Winter) and Trickster (What A Winter) go to post in this R200,000 event. Champion race mare Celtic Sea is undoubtedly the one they’ll have to beat, as she comes into the race in big form and seeks to repeat her 2020 success.
The Ardern Jamaica Handicap often produces upsets due to its competitive nature. CTS is well represented with five of the eight contenders, namely Bold Diva (Bold Silvano) Elusive Fortune (Elusive Fort), Follow The Star (Silvano), Jacqueline (Jackson) and Flame Tree (Jackson). Computaform tips the handily-weighted Elusive Fortune to take the prize from Jacqueline, but notes that “it’s a tough race and no runner can be safely ruled out from winning!”
Promising import Dazzling Sun (Camelot), carries the CTS banner in the Gr1 Cartier Paddock Stakes on Saturday, alongside Graded winner Princess Calla (Flower Alley) and Silvano’s Pride (Silvano). This looks a clear-cut boat race between star fillies Summer Pudding and Queen Supreme but again, the Paddock has delivered outsiders in the past and if it is to be, the CTS runners have claims as good as any!
The big guns are out in the Gr1 Queen’s Plate – Rainbow Bridge, Do It Again and Belgarion have the best form on paper, but CTS runners Cirillo (Pomodoro), Silver Operator (Silvano), Hurricane Harry (Trippi) and Sovereign Spirit (Dynasty) will ensure robust competition.
On the supporting card, the Gr2 Glorious Goodwood Premiers Trophy, the highly regarded Sachdev (Silvano) has a favourable draw this time and is probably the best CTS purchase to oppose the favourite, Golden Ducat. African Night Sky (Dynasty) and Vikram (Gimmethegreenlight) have place prospects.
Geoff Woodruff’s stayer Retro Effect (Twice Over) is a late bloomer, priced up at 5-1 and in with a solid chance of capturing the Gr3 Okapi Chairman’s Cup over 2500m that rounds off festival proceedings on Saturday evening.