​CTS graduates dominate G1 Daily News

​CTS graduates dominate G1 Daily News

May 31, 2021 / 3 months ago

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Saturday’s G1 Daily News over 2000m at Greyville yielded an exceptional result for Cape Thoroughbred Sales (CTS), as the first three horses past the post in this standard-setting classic were bought at CTS sales.

Linebacker and Rascallion (both graduates of the 2019 Cape Premier Yearling Sale), crossed the line first and second respectively, ahead of Kommetdieding (CTS Farm Sale). The formidable trio holds entries to the 2021 Durban July, potentially promising more winning excitement, since the Daily News is traditionally one of the best pointers to KZN’s flagship race.

Linebacker (5-4), trained by Vaughan Marshall and ridden by Grant van Niekerk, tracked his main rival Kommetdieding in the first part of the race, both just off the pace set by Shah Akbar.

Turning into the home stretch, Kommetdieding went to the inside rail while Linebacker moved up wide on the outside of the field. He hung back in, drifted towards the rail to take Kommetdieding to task and ran on well to hold off his strong rival, as well as stablemate Rascallion, who flashed up late to edge into second.

“The Durban July is what we came for, so we are all on track,” said Marshall as he paid a word of thanks to his owners Cheryl Gabler, and Ken and Jane Truter.

Van Niekerk said that Linebacker had given him gooseflesh on the way to the start. He said Linebacker had ‘idled’ after accelerating to the front in effortless fashion, and confirmed his view that the colt would stay the 2200m of the Vodacom Durban July "on his coconut".

Linebacker’s breeder John Koster praised Marshall and told Gold Circle: "Vaughan is one of the great pickers in the game. He does not pay a lot of money for horses and he has bought some crackers at very cheap prices. So, when he sees something that is nice and he is able to buy them, you must know they are proper horses."

Koster said about Linebacker’s sire, Captain Of All: “He is quite low to the ground, he is very powerful, he is almost a dumpy-looking horse, but unlike his father (Captain Al) he is throwing a lot of horses who look like English thoroughbreds. He is throwing them on the leg, with a lot more scope and a lot of quality; they look like they will be milers, which defies logic. You would think he would throw out-and-out sprinters, but thankfully they are not, and this is what makes him such an exciting stallion.”

Marshall purchased Linebacker for R425,000, and paid just R325,000 for Rascallion at the Premier Sale, while Michelle Rix and Harold Crawford laid out just R55,000 to secure Kommetdieding at the Farm Sale. The three colts have earned just a shade below R2,4-million between then.


Value and quality are what CTS Sales are all about, and next on this year’s sales calendar is the very sale at which Kommetdieding was acquired, and of whom Rix recalled: “He was out of a three-parts sister to the top-class Captain America. He was a fuzzy little horse, and the first dam had not produced much, but we liked him a lot!”


There will be a host of good pedigrees – and perhaps another champion or two hidden under a winter coat – at the CTS Yearling Farm Sale, scheduled for 20 June at De Grendel Wine Estate. The catalogue is online, here.