Bass filly could scoop Mountain of Cash!

Bass filly could scoop Mountain of Cash!

January 21, 2016 / 5 years ago

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Not many punters will oppose Silver Mountain in the $1-million CTS Million Dollar over 1400m at Kenilworth on Saturday. 

The race, restricted to graduates of the 2014 Cape Premier Yearling Sale and 2014 Cape Thoroughbred Sales (CTS) March Yearling Sale, is the first race in South Africa with a stake paid in dollars.

It’s also the richest by a mile in South African horseracing history with the gross stake worth R16,65-million at the current exchange rate. Half the prize money will go to the winning connections with $200,000 for second, $150,000 for third, $100,000 for fourth and $40,000 (R665,950) for fifth.

The race is run at level weights with a 2.5kg allowance for fillies. That means Silver Mountain, who is rated two points or one length superior to the best colt in the race in Seventh Plain, will be getting weight from her male opponents. So, on paper at least, she has 3.50 lengths in hand over her opposition.

Little wonder, then, that she is Betting World’s even-money favourite with Seventh Plain next on offer at 5-1.

Silver Mountain was widely expected to win the Cape Guineas after her facile victory in the World Sports Betting Cape Fillies Guineas two weeks earlier. She didn’t have the best of luck in running, getting too far back and battling to find a clear run before eventually running on well for fourth behind Noah From Goa.

Top Cape trainer Mike Bass’ daughter and assistant Candice Robinson does not believe she would have beaten Noah From Goa in that race, but is certain Silver Mountain would have run second.

“We’re very hopeful in the Million Dollar,” she said. “Silver Mountain is very well and nicely drawn. It will probably be a rough race, but I can only hope we’re in the right place and she stays out of trouble. She’s run against a lot of these colts and beaten them.”

Will coming back to 1400m after two outings over 1600m be an issue? “We don’t think so,” she said after running the question by her father. “She’s freshened up quite nicely.”Robinson, standing in for her dad while he recuperates from a serious illness, will also saddle 

Ernie in the race.“He’s also doing well. Unfortunately he’s drawn in the bush and even though he likes to be dropped in, it won’t be easy. I’m hoping for a good pace. If there is, he’ll be running on at the end.”

Two other Grade 1 races will be run at the meeting, titled the Investec Day Of Dreams – the R1-million Investec Cape Derby over 2000m and the Klawervlei Majorca Stakes (weight-for-age) over 1600m for fillies and mares.

- Racing Express (Nicci Garner)