Gelding does the trick for Kasimir

Gelding does the trick for Kasimir

November 29, 2018 / 1 year ago

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Kasimir, a R1,2-million Cape Premier Yearling Sale buy, has been a talked-about horse since the first day he set foot on the track. He notched his first Graded success with a convincing win in the Gr2 Cape Merchants over 1200m at Kenilworth, Saturday. 

Kasimir made his debut on Met Day in 2017 amidst rumours that he was a top horse in the making. He was backed from 7-1 into 4-1 and almost landed the gamble for Justin Snaith’s stable in a 1200m Juvenile Stakes, but greenness over the last 200m saw him go down by three-quarters to Call To Account. 

Inexperience cost him twice again shortly after that, and while he reeled off three wins in a row in Cape Town last Summer, he was disappointing during the KZN Champions seasons, running out of the money in both the Gr3 Beyerly Turk and the Gr1 Tsogo Sun Sprint when quietly fancied. 

Gelding was always going to come, sooner than later. In June, on his return from Durban, Kasimir went under the knife and the operation had the desired effect. He started to focus better, has been running straight and has carried his efforts through. 

The son of Captain Al made a great comeback after gelding when giving One World plenty of cheek in a 1400m last month – reportedly needing it – but Saturday he did it with consummate ease defeating among others Bold Respect, another CTS graduate who’d lowered his colours before. 

Jockey Richard Fourie revealed he had been very confident and said: “Kasimir has been a different horse since gelding. His prep went to plan, and I expected an armchair ride today.” 

Snaith hasn’t indicated where Kasimir would be aimed at next, but the 2019 Cape Flying Championship and even Gauteng’s Computaform Sprint will be suitable targets, while Kasimir is unikely to return win-less again from Durban next year!

Bred by Drakenstein, he has won 5 from 11, with R1 706 875 in stakes for Messrs W P Drew & B Kantor, Mesdames A M Doyle, D Nagle & Paul Shanahan.