That Captain Al’s imposing son One World has won seven of his eight starts with front-running tactics, four of them fought with an unusual tenacity in close finishes, shows the hallmarks of a truly top horse.
Coming off a rest, Vaughan Marshall’s imposing three-year-old took Saturday’s Gr3 R250,000 Winter Guineas by a short head from his talented counterpart Vardy, who headed him with 200m to run but saw his accomplished rival come again under Anton Marcus to land the honours with a courageous fightback.
In a Trifecta for horses bought at CTS Sales, Majestic Mozart was 2.75-lengths off the duelling duo in third. One World clocked a time 99,77 secs.
The dramatic finish had the crowd on their feet and on the naked eye it looked pretty much fair and square, but trainer Adam Marcus lodged an objection on behalf of Vardy, causing the supporters of One World some anxious moments.
The stipes report acknowledged that while Vardy and One World had made contact on a few occasions in their drive to the line, One World would have won the race anyway.
Marcus commented: “I thought it was straightforward – he (Craig Zackey on Vardy) hit me four times.” No action was taken against Zackey – he had been given a week when Vardy caused interference winning on his previous start – but Marcus was fined R1 000 for hitting his mount more than three times in consecutive strides.
The Klawervlei-bred One World was a R425 000 buy from the 2017 Cape Premier Sale. He has won nearly R3.4 million for Ken and Jane Truter, Etienne Braun and Braam van Huyssteen.
“He is a very good horse and a very game one,” said Marshall.