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Twenty-eight runners sold at various CTS auctions will carry the sales company’s banner on Cape Town Met Day, Saturday 30 January.

Five CTS graduates will take part in the Gr1 Cape Town Met; seven will contest the Gr1 Kenilworth Cape Flying Championship; three will take their chances in the Gr1 Kenilworth Majorca Stakes; a further seven will line up in the Gr3 Kenilworth Politician Stakes a further six will come under starters orders in the Listed Kenilworth Summer Juvenile Stakes.

African Night Sky and Sovereign Spirit (Dynasty), Cirillo (Pomodoro), Silver Operator (Silvano) and Princess Calla (Flower Alley), one of three fillies in the race, are all considered outsiders for the Cape Town Met.

They are not without followers however, and early reports and stable interviews suggest that the connections of Silver Operator and Princess Calla, especially, are confident of finishing in the money against the principal contenders for this premier race.

Champion sprinter Kasimir (Captain Al) has done CTS proud in his sparkling career with 10 wins (inc 3 Gr1s), and he’ll be all the rage to notch his 11th success in the Cape Flying Sprint over 1000m. Another CTS purchase and his stablemate, Rio Querari (Querari), has been showing signs of sprinting prowess in his age group and will present a challenge alongside Brett Crawford’s stalwart, Bold Respect (Bold Silvano), the mare Celtic Sea and the filly Run Fox Run.

Also in the race is 2020 Equus Champion Two-Year-Old Tempting Fate, who reverts to 1200m and will be looking for a return to his very capable best.

Captain’s Ransom and Clouds Unfold are being touted as the pair to fight out the Majorca, in which CTS representatives Icon Princess (Where’s That Tiger), Helen’s Ideal (Ideal World) and Silvano’s Pride (Silvano), all have place prospects on exposed form.

There is great excitement and anticipation for the Politician Stakes, in which the CTS, Gr1 placed Rascallion (Vercingetorix) takes on the Cape’s current, unbeaten boom horse, Kommetdieding.

In the CTS ranks, Rascallion has back-up here from several up-and-coming sorts, including Crimson King (Dynasty), My Bestie (Querari) and Juan Carlos (Frankel).

There are six CTS buys in the always popular Kenilworth Summer Juvenile Stakes. They include recent fluent Maiden winner African Rain (Soft Falling Rain) and Sheldon (Querari), a winner over subsequent winner Aisling on his Greyville debut.