CTS keeps owners happy with Saturday's De Grendel RTR Stakes

CTS keeps owners happy with Saturday's De Grendel RTR Stakes

November 20, 2020 / 5 months ago

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Lemon Delight (yellow silks, courtesy Bass Racing)

In these dire economic and pandemic times, racehorse owners will be both amazed and delighted that there is a race at Kenilworth on Saturday with a first prize of R640,000. This is only R300,000 less than the Vodacom Durban July, writes David Mollett.

It would have been no surprise if Cape Thoroughbred Sales had said “sorry, we can’t maintain our support because of financial restraints”. Instead, no doubt due to the business acumen of CTS chair and leading owner Chris van Niekerk, the R1.25m De Grendel CTS Ready-To-Run Stakes has the green light.

“We are delighted to be offering a race with a purse of R1.25m and winning purse of R640,000. It will be an exciting race for a full array of owners,” said CTS sales executive Grant Knowles.

Knowles is a guy who likes a bet so was asked which horse he fancied in the 1,400m race. He replied: “I think Seeking The Stars is a worthy favourite.” Interestingly, Knowles owns a share in Seeking The Stars’ stablemate Spiritual Wind who has drawn pole position and is far from a forlorn hope after a facile maiden win. Of course, Seeking The Stars, the highest rated runner by 11 points, has a lot going for him, notably a good draw and that he is in the safe hands of trainer Vaughan Marshall.

Nevertheless, it could pay to risk an each-way bet on Candice Bass-Robinson’s filly Lemon Delight. Yes, she’s drawn not far from the nearby highway, but this isn’t the first time jockey Aldo Domeyer has had to overcome a high barrier. A daughter of Flower Alley, Lemon Delight suggested she is above average when fourth behind Princess Calla last time out and she could well make the favourite pull out all the stops.

Justin Snaith has his team in good form and his runner Tarantino is very much in the mix with a career record of one win and five places from his six outings. The son of Master Of My Fate is looking a bargain buy at R100,000.

Sean Tarry saddles four runners and while he would like to win the race for Van Niekerk his best runner is probably the grey colt Willow Express. No surprise that he found Malmoos too smart in the recent Graham Beck Stakes. Anton Marcus loves to compete for the big prizes and his mount Fast Love will have his supporters. Also a son of Master Of My Fate, Glen Kotzen’s charge ran in a Grade 1 race at Greyville last time out. - courtesy Business Day.