CTS buys shine in Listed Kings Cup

CTS buys shine in Listed Kings Cup

March 24, 2020 / 4 months ago

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Born To Perform wins the Listed Kings Cup. (Gold Circle).

CTS graduates filled the first three places in Sunday’s Listed Kings Cup over 1600m on turf at Greyville. Cape Premier Yearling Sale purchases Born To Perform and Tristful hit the line first and second respectively, and CTS Ready To Run buy GG’s Dynasty ran on into third to complete the Trifecta in this R150,000 contest. 

Born To Perform, a striking grey by Silvano, had a mind of his own and remained unraced until the age of four, when he joined the yard of trainer Dennis Bosch at Summerveld. 

Bosch, a former jockey, said that patience, and his application of “old-school” methods helped Born To Perform to overcome his problems and explained: “He refused to go into the pens, refused to gallop, even the jockeys threw in the towel. I started afresh and decided to ride him myself. 

“Born To Perform and I got along well. I rode him for many weeks, several months actually, and he started loosening up and enjoying himself. I just let him have his way and eventually he was relaxed enough to do some fast work, he galloped on the track. 

“It took another few months to get Born To Perform through the pens, but eventually we passed him and then entered him for a barrier trial. That was a nerve-racking experience, but he came through it with no hassles. The rest is history, his demeanour has changed progressively, he is a manageable and happy horse now.” 

Bosch had won the King’s Cup three times (successively) in previous seasons and he said: “Born To Perform started racing late and hence his merit rating has stayed low, so when we were allocated 52kg for this year’s race I was chuffed. It is a race I wanted to win with him.” 

After all they’d been through and with the target well in reach, Born To Perform almost didn’t make it to the track on Sunday. 

Bosch recounted: “His prep went very well. I gave him a good blow in midweek and light work on Friday, but on Saturday he trotted up sore. He hasn’t got the best of feet and we took a shoe off his sore foot, the casting came off and we discovered some dirt and inflammation. 

“It was touch and go, I gave him only a 10% chance of running, but doctor Bronwyn from the Katzwinkel Veterinary Practice and our farrier Johnny Dawson did great jobs. They took out the inflammation and he was fine on Sunday, I was surprised. He looked magnificent cantering down, I had compliments from other trainers, and you saw the way he came back!” 

Jockey Warren Kennedy has been in the irons for all of Born To Perform’s six wins and Bosch will be hoping SA’s champion jockey elect will be able to stick with him in his next few runs. 

“He is bred for 2000m plus and it’s time to build him into that. He is a horse with much scope, still improving and lightly raced. We could go for a feature like the Greyville 1900, where he can tackle tougher opposition,” Bosch said. 

With six wins from12 runs in just 13 months, Born To Perform has banked R493,450 for owner Satish Hurchund.