Horse Racing
Western Cape Stayers - Form Comments

28/01/2021 17:31

G2 – 2800m – Turf

1 Atyaab G1 winner over 2000m at Kenilworth. Ran 10th in this last year, his only attempt at the distance. His second-place finish last time out in the G3 Chairman’s Cup over 2500m, however, suggests he should improve on last year’s run. Best weighted, he is a serious contender under defending champion jockey Warren Kennedy.
2 Crome Yellow On a hat-trick, he will be very hard to beat. This six-year-old Trippi gelding is quite happy to cover the rear for most of the way and to make his move when the going gets tough. The slower the pace, the better it will suit him, as he is rated the fastest runner in the field. He seems to be at the pinnacle of his career and will be a well-deserved winner.
3 Kampala Campari Although he has not won over further than 2000m, he has come mighty close, most notably when 3rd in this last year, less than half a length behind the winner. This seven-year-old is as tough as they come and doesn’t know the word quit. Expect him to give his all to finish in the places.
4 Dharma Unlikely to improve on his 6th place in last year’s renewal based on his current form. This five-year-old has been out of kilter since winning the G3 Cape Summer Stayers (2500m) back in December 2019, trying various distances from 1900m to 3200m, but with no success. Don’t expect to hear his name too many times in running.
5 Run Red This six-year-old has not won over further than 2000m. Having raced only four times in 2020 without any success, and his furthest attempt being over 1800m in that time, it’s hard making a case for him as he takes on proven stayers with much higher ratings in a weight-for-age contest.
6 Moon In June Not to be underestimated. This five-year-old mare has the distinction of performing exceptionally well second up after a rest – proven by her surprise victory in the G2 Track and Ball Oaks (2400m) in July last year. She is rated the second best-weighted contender. Trainer Candice Bass-Robinson also has a reputation for causing upsets. Respect this runner.
7 Silver Host Recorded a runaway victory in the G3 Chairman’s Cup over 2500m last time out and will probably go off tote favourite, coming from the most successful stable in Cape Town. Also won the G3 Politician Stakes (1800m) last year on Met Day, so has proven BMT (Big Match Temperament). All four his career wins have come with Richard Fourie in the saddle and the pair team up again.
8 Super Silvano Has not won over further than 1600m and his solitary attempt over 2400m ended in a 7.2L defeat. That places a big question mark over his ability to go this distance. His only hope is for a slow pace so that he can make his pace count at the end.
9 Holy Warrior The way he ran on in the Listed Woolavington Stakes over 2400m and the G3 Cape Summer Stayers Handicap over 2500m suggests the extra distance will be right up his alley. Only problem is that in both those races, won by Crome Yellow, he carried a very light weight. He’s a definite place contender.
10 Catchafallingstar This four-year-old filly certainly has stepped up a gear since being fitted with blinkers 4 runs back. She also ran on strongly in her last 2 outings, both over 2000m, an indication she still had something left in the tank. This is the first time, however, that she takes on the opposite sex. A very unlikely visitor to the winner’s enclosure.