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Champion sprinter Kasimir (12-10) had to work hard for victory in Saturday’s Gr3 Matchem Stakes over 1400m at Durbanville following an incident at the start. He got there with a gritty, all-class performance under Richard Fourie.

The CTS graduate and former Equus Sprint Champion stumbled from the pens and came within inches of the turf, but such was his composure that he picked up his stride quickly and raced into contention in a tightly bunched field.

Kasimir had settled when they turned into the straight, but a mishap like he had takes something from any horse and he still had two lengths on the leaders with 300m to run.

At this point Fourie had to stay hard at work keeping Kasimir’s mind on the job and at the 150m mark he had to ask for extra, because the line was in sight. Kasimir knuckled down hard, raced up to take the lead and trounced More Magic (10-1) by 0,30 lengths in a time of 83,54 secs.

Ready Steady Go (25-1) charged up late for third, just 0,20 lengths behind.

“He almost came down, it’s scary that he won,” said trainer Justin Snaith after the race.

“He’s a quality horse and has a place in my heart. He always shows this kind of determination,” echoed Fourie.

Bred by Drakenstein Stud, Kasimir is a son of deceased champion sire Captain Al (Al Mufti) out of the top-class Gr1 producing three-time winner Aquatint (Peintre Celebre).

Kasimir is a R1,2 million Cape Premier Yearling Sale graduate. He has won nine races for stakes earnings of R3 727 625.