CTS grads fill first three places in Cape Classic

CTS grads fill first three places in Cape Classic

October 26, 2020 / 1 month ago

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Seeking The Stars wins the Cape Classic. (Wayne Marks).

Seeking The Stars (44-1), an improved three-year-old since racing with blinkers, gave some formidable rivals a galloping lesson in Saturday’s Gr2 Cape Classic over 1400m at Kenilworth. He made all, and won easily.

The other contenders included his more fancied stablemates Linebacker (6-1) and Rascallion (4-1), second and third respectively ahead of the favourite, Speed Machine.

The Cape Premier Yearling Sale once again came to the forefront – the first three past the post were all sold at 2019 renewal for R1-million, R425,000 and R350,000 respectively.  Seeking The Stars was subsequently resold at the CTS Ready To Run Sale.

Jockey Luyolo Mxothwa was instructed to go out and make every post a winning one and he said: “He’s a big horse and Mr Marshall (trainer, Vaughan) wanted me to use his stride. It wouldn’t have helped keeping him on the heels of the others, he likes to use his action.

“Seeking The Stars set the pace comfortably and then gave me a good kick. It felt like he wanted the others to come and challenge him, but they didn’t and he won well, he is going to improve more!”

Marshall confirmed Seeking The Stars’ preference to stride uninhibited and said: “I told Louis to ignore his big starting price, and that 1400m would be right up his alley.

“Linebacker was caught flatfooted in second and Rascallion now looks he definitely needs further than 1400m, and he’ll enjoy a longer straight.

“Seeking The Stars was my first Graded winner for Rakesh Sewgoolam, thanks to him and well done, I hear he was shouting the house down.”

Sewgoolam received a CTS bonus of R250,000 for his runner being the first stakes winner from the 2019 Ready To Run Sale – a scheme that was extended to August 2021 due to Covid-19.

Seeking The Stars, bred by Klawervlei, is by Vercingetorix from the three-time winning Count Dubois mare Schism.  He shows two wins and two places from five starts for stakes of R107 000.