Four runners bought from the Cape Premier Yearling Sale made their presence felt on L’Ormarins Queens Plate day, posting exciting wins
Racings fans had been looking looked forward to the expected duel of 2019 Equus Champion Sprinter Kasimir (Captain Al – Drakenstein Stud) with the 2020 award winner Russet Air in a Pinnacle Plate over 1200m. The contest played out in thrilling fashion, with Kasimir getting the upper hand late in his customary, game fashion.
Justin Snaith-trained Kasimir has won 10 of 25 starts and has stake earnings approaching R4-million for owners, Messrs W P Drew and B Kantor, Mesdames A M Doyle, D Nagle and Paul Shanahan.
Sovereign Rose (Duke Of Marmalade – Drakenstein Stud), who was reportedly affected by a virus in trainer Glen Kotzen’s yard a few weeks ago, was well fancied to atone for a weak last run. Backed from 3-1 to 15-10, she made no mistakes under Grant van Niekerk, wining by 0.75-lengths for a Drakenstein Syndicate formed by Gaynor Rupert.
“We wanted to have a winner for Drakenstein on Gaynor’s big day, we are pleased we could do it,” said trainer Glen Kotzen.
Ridgemont/Highands-bred African Rain (Soft Falling Rain), delighted a big partnership of owners with a fluent success to open her career account, drawing away easily in a Juvenile Plate over 1000m and showing marked improvement on her placed debut.
Up-and-coming three-year-old Warrior (Futura – Ridgemont Highlands), who races in the same silks as Kasimir, showed that he capable of relaxing and firing from just off the pace. When given some rein by Fourie in Race 9 over 1600m, he came storming through from a position on the rail and left his rivals in a 3.50-length afternoon shadow.
“He’s a good sort that can be followed,” Snaith assessed.