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Justin Snaith was correct in his assessment that Equus Champion Sprinter Kasimir was just a run short of his best when he was beaten in the Gr1 Cape Flying Championship on Sun Met Day.

Five-year-old Kasimir (Captain Al) turned the tables on Russet Air and Bold Respect in Saturday’s Gr3 Khaya Stables Diadem Stakes over 1000m, showing his class and commitment in a hard-as-nails finish.

The CTS graduate raced in touch in the early part of this exciting WFA dash, and involved himself in the fight to the line with 150m to run. With Chimichuri Run finishing powerfully on his outside and Russet Air flashing up again on his inside, Kasimir produced an extra effort under a terrific ride from Richard Fourie. He won by 0.30-lengths from Chimichuri Run (another CTS purchase), with Russet Air a further neck back in third.

Fourie commented: “Kasimir is a true champion and his heart is his secret weapon. He changed legs at the 200m mark and for me it was race over. He only finds his stride over the last 200.”

Jonno Snaith said he was happy for horse and punter. “Kasimir has been unlucky this Cape season. He just needed his last run but we’re very pleased he won today, and many punters would’ve bankered him. He’s a special horse.

Snaith said that the stable will be considering entering Kasimir for the Gr2 Drill Hall Stakes during the KZN Champions Season at Greyville. “We’ve never tried him over 1400m but he settles well.”

Kasimir, a Cape Premier Yearling Sale purchase, now shows nine wins from 19 runs and R3,575,125 in stake earnings for owners Messrs Drew and Kantor and Mesdames Nagle, Shanahan and Doyle.