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Vardy (17-2) literally has the world at his feet after his commanding victory in Saturday’s Gr1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate over 1600m at Kenilworth.

On the way he is winning, and since he has previously won very well over 1800m, there is little doubt that the Sun Met’s 2000m will be well within Vardy’s reach and he is likely to start favourite for the 1 February spectacle. Following Saturday’s massive run, bookmakers have suspended the betting to re-assess their odds.

Owners Bernard Kantor, Greg Blank, Darryl Yutar and Jimmy Sarkis now also have an option of taking their prized gelding to the Breeders Cup meeting in the USA later in the year.

The renewal of the Queen’s Plate was considered the strongest field ever assembled for the race, and Vardy proved that his Green Point Stakes victory was no fluke as he raced past the opposition from the backmarkers to beat One World (also a CTS graduate), with Rainbow Bridge in third.

“I can’t believe how easily he won,” said his delighted jockey Craig Zackey. “This horse is definitely one of the loves of my life. We all know how good he is after today.”

This was the second Grade 1 win for up-and-coming trainer Adam Marcus and Zackey as they earlier had teamed up last month to win the Cape Fillies Guineas on Mississippi Burning.

Marcus said he felt Vardy now was looking at further than 1600m and he was looking forward to see how he performs in the Sun Met on 1 February.  “I’m thrilled and so happy for the owners and my team,” he said.

Bred by the Tawny Syndicate, Vardy is a son of Avontuur Stud’s VAR and the unraced Jet Master mare Cupid. He fetched R400,000 at the 2017 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.

He has a very smart half-brother by Gimmethegreenlight on the 2020 CPYS. He’s as yet unnamed and has been consigned by Klawervlei Stud as agent.