​Three feature strikes for CTS graduates!

​Three feature strikes for CTS graduates!

December 22, 2021 / 1 month ago

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A victory salute from Anton Marcus on Double Superlative. (Wayne Marks).

CTS graduates performed with distinction on Cape Guineas Day last Saturday. Runners sold at CTS auctions won the afternoon’s topliner and two other feature races for their delighted connections.

Double Superlative (10-1) grabbed the weekend headlines with a stunning victory in the G1 R750 000 Cape Guineas. The handsome colt announced himself with a smart run in the middle of the field not long after the field turned for home and spread out across the track. He drifted to his outside, was straightened by jockey Anton Marcus, and ran on to win going away from his stable mate, Pomp and Power. The 14-1 runner-up was a pick-up ride for Craig Bantam who came close to pulling off his first Grade 1 victory.

Cosmic Highway and Zapitillas had their own battle on the inside of the track, the former edging the latter out of fourth, and both running impressive races.

Snaith praised the winner : “Double Superlative is the only three-year-old I have put in the nominations for the Queen’s Plate and Met. He looks just like Do It Again and I really rate him as a high-class individual. Owner Nic Jonsson has been vindicated. He has always believed the Twice Over progeny have been sold below their value, despite Do It Again’s success, and he was right!

Described as a horse that is something of a ringer for the stable’s double July winner, Double Superlative was bred by Patricia Devine Investments from the Klawervlei sire out of the Jet Master five-time winner, Come Fly With Me. A R375,000 purchase from the 2020 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, he has won 2 races with 3 places from his 5 starts for stakes of R539 600.

Eight sons and daughters of Twice Over have been consigned to the 2022 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, scheduled for Sunday, 6 February.

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Firealley, in hot form.

Firealley raced handy on a fast-running track to stay out of trouble and score an authoritative win in the Peninsula Handicap (Grade 2) over 1800m. The son of Flower Alley has improved in recent weeks, and looks to have even better to come for UK-based owner Fiona Carmichael, a big supporter of South African racing. Greg Cheyne did the honours on the 7-1 Candice Bass-Robinson-trained winner. Firealley was a R275,000 purchase at the Cape Premier Sale in 2019, signed for by Westward Bloodstock. He has won 4 races from 19 starts for stakes earnings of R375 250.

Bass-Robinson also savoured the result of the Need For Speed Sprint when her entry, Barzalona (Pomodoro), shot through to win in commanding style. The grey, Intrepid, tried to make an impression late but Barzalona, one of the better juveniles of last term, had too much in reserve in receipt of 4kg. Barzalona, bought from the CTS Farm Sale in 2019, races in the silks of Mr and Mrs Yanick Langevin. He has won twice, with six places and R120,000 in stakes to his credit.