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Grade 3 Cape Classic winner Seeking The Stars slammed his opposition in the R1,25 million De Grendel CTS Ready-To-Run Stakes over 1400m at Kenilworth on Saturday.

Vaughan Marshall’s Vercingetorix colt took it up just after the jump and led Sean Tarry ‘s raider Willow Express and fellow Marshall inmate Spiritual Wind into the home run.

Seeking The Stars kicked clear at the top of the straight, lengthened away and won by 5.5-lengths, easing down at the line. The filly Lemon Delight ran on late, holding Willow Express out of second.

Seeking The Stars completed the 1400m in a quick 84,54 seconds, and bagged the bumper R640,000 first prize.

“Ï thought he would win but not as easily as that,” said 27-year-old Louis Mxothwa, who’d just won the biggest race of his career. “The plan was to let him run but when he went into the lead he just switched off and I had no idea he was so far in front.”

Marshall added: “Some horses are naturals from day one but this one had to learn how to race and, since we put blinkers on, there has been a complete turnaround.”

Marshall confirmed that Mxothwa would again partner the colt in the coming Gr1 Cape Guineas, in which he is likely to bump Malmoos, the star colt from Gauteng.

Seeking The Stars is owned by Pietermaritzburg-based Rakesh Sewgoolam, who bought him for R425 000 last year.

“Rakesh is one of the true gentlemen of the game, he deserves every bit of this success,” said Marshall.

Seeking The Stars, with three wins from six starts, shows a bankroll of R747,000. CTS paid out stakes for the first eight places in the race, with eight-placed Spiritual Wind earning a handy R24,000.