Gelding has done the trick for Kasimir

Gelding has done the trick for Kasimir

January 28, 2019 / 5 months ago

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Kasimir - Cape Flying Championship. (Wayne Marks)

Having been gelded has done the trick for Justin Snaith’s four-year-old sprinter Kasimir, who has turned from a useful Graded contender to a powerhouse Gr1 winner and a runner who now looks like he will be the dominating force during the sprinting features of the KwaZulu-Natal Champions Season.

Kasimir (Richard Fourie) raced up with the early lead in Saturday’s Gr1 Cape Flying Championship over 1000m at Kenilworth, extended smartly with 250m to run and put the result beyond doubt well before he hit the line.

The imposing 2016 Cape Premier Yearling Sale purchase was rumoured a decent horse before he’d made his debut on Sun Met day in 2017 but his coltishness cost him that day, and on a few other occasions after that, and Snaith decided to geld him last October. 

Snaith explained: “I didn’t want to geld Kasimir because he was so beautiful and I kept him a colt as long as I could, but there came a point when he had to do it.  Thanks to the owners for their patience.

He said about the race: “We were very bullish today, we’d planned this meticulously. He may just have needed his last run, so we knew today it would be game on!”

Fourie agreed that Kasimir was just short of his peak in his last run, a Pinnacle Sprint in which Pacific Trader took advantage and came out tops by two lengths. “He’s a lovely horse, pleasing to work with and he was prepped for this!” enthused Fourie. Kasimir is by Captain Al and Aquatint, by Peintre Celebre and he races for William Drew, Bernard Kantor, Peter and Anna Doyle, Diane Nagle and Mrs Paul Shanahan. He has won five of 14 career starts, earning well over R2,3-million in prize money.