Horse Racing
Western Cape Stayers - Form Comments

30/01/2020 17:17

G2 – 2800m – Turf

1 Doublemint Justin Snaith-trained stayer who is undoubtedly one of the best in the country. Ran on well to win the Grade 3 Chairman’s Cup over 2500m three weeks back where he beat a number of these runners. Definitely the horse to beat.
2 Atyaab Mike de Kock’s charge finished a 2.7-length third behind Doublemint in the Chairman’s Cup. Will have blinkers this time and the 2018 Cape Derby winner should get a lot closer.
3 Kampala Campari Did well in his first attempt at 2400m last time when a 0.95-length third behind Strathdon. Will meet his conqueror on 6lb better terms this time and should turn the tables. With Aldo Domeyer up Andre Nel’s charge could be a factor.
4 Tap O’Noth Came from a long way back to finish just 3.75 lengths behind Doublemint last time and this former Grade 1 Cape Guineas winner could be capable of an upset if he sees out the distance.
5 Strathdon Another who ran on well behind Doublemint last time but this Justin Snaith-trained runner could battle to finish in front of Atyaab this time.
6 Gimme One Night Decent stayer but he will struggle to beat all of Doublemint, Kampala Kampari, Strathdon and Atyaab at the weights. Capable of running into a place, though.
7 Crome Yellow Ran well when a 0.2-length second to Doublemint last time but now 11 lb worse off, looks unlikely to reverse the form. Has a lot to do at the weights and should be well held.
8 Dharma Won the Grade 2 Winter Derby in what was a major upset last season and then did the same when winning the Grade 3 Cape Summer Stayers at long odds. Clearly talented on his day but is outclassed in this company.
9 Swift Surprise This is the third runner from the Justin Snaith yard and is another well outgunned by Doublemint. Little to enthuse over at the weights.
10 Dynasty’s Blossom This is definite upset material if well. She beat better than this to win the Grade 3 Gold Cup over 3200m at Greyville in July. Has changed stables and has had two warm-up runs over 1800m. She is one runner who holds Doublemint on their Gold Cup form and trainer Brett Crawford has engaged Ryan Moore for the ride. Include in all bets.
11 Snapscan Glen Kotzen’s charge is the best handicapped runner but there is a question as to whether she will see out 2800m. If she does, she must have a chance of some sort.
12 Princess Irene Looks well held by Snapscan on their run in the Oaks at Scottsville and looks to have little chance in this field.
13 Coral Bay Another filly from the Glen Kotzen yard but she is not well handicapped and does not have the form to be competitive in this line-up.