Following last weekend’s rip-roaring finish to the Green Point Stakes, Kenilworth racegoers are in for another treat. Tomorrow’s Gr.1 Cape Guineas has all the makings of yet another lip-smacking contest, with Vaughan Marshall bidding to saddle a Gr.1 Cape Guineas hat-trick. Successful with Tap O’ Noth in 2017 and William Longsword 12 months earlier, he will rely on One World (Captain Al), who brings an unblemished five-from-five mark into this classic.
While a highly-anticipated duel with his Dingaans winner Hawwaam (Silvano) is off the table, Mike de Kock will rely on champion Soqrat (Epaulette) to become the stable’s fifth Cape Guineas winner, the most recent of which was ill-fated Noah From Goa in 2015.
Sean Tarry on the other hand, is still searching for an elusive victory in this time-honoured classic and will have two worthy contenders in Chimichuri Run (Trippi) and Cirilo (Pomodoro). The former pushed One World to within a half-length in the Gr.2 Concorde Cup, while the latter was hugely impressive when decimating his rivals in the CTS Ready To Run Stakes from a horrible 18 draw.
Joey Ramsden, previously successful with Variety Club (2011) and Act Of War (2014), sends out Cape Classic winner Twist Of Fate (Master Of My Fate).
The Gr.1 Cape Fillies Guineas promises another mouth-watering clash, with local standouts Clouds Unfold (What A Winter) and Front And Centre (Dynasty) facing De Kock’s Ghaalla, who recently won the Gr.3 Fillies Mile from a wide draw. Randall Simons, who won on her last time, will have to use similar tactics, as the daughter of Var is drawn wide yet again.
-Ada Van Der Bent