Eagerly awaited it was, and with good reason. The inaugural running of the Cape Premier Yearling Sales Guineas under its current banner may not quite have turned out as widely expected, with the anticipated close-run affair between several proven types and a couple of unexposed up-and-coming sorts becoming a one-horse race as Variety Club took yet another leap forward and gave his dozen opponents a memorable galloping lesson in the Kenilworth sunshine, writes MATTHEW LIPS.
Super Elegant clearly enjoyed going up to 1800m for the first time when she ran on well and captured the Victress Stakes for fillies and mares at Kenilworth on Saturday. The three-year-old has been placed in several Stakes events all year and hinted at wanting a greater stamina test when full of running to win a minor race over 1600m in November, but she looked to have something to find at this level and went off as a 13/1 outsider in a field of ten, writes MATTHEW LIPS.
Chesalon put up what – on paper at least – can probably rate as his career best effort when he landed the Calulo Service Premier Trophy over 1800m on the Kenilworth summer course on Saturday. The four-year-old looked to have quite a lot to do at the weights in this conditions race, and while he may have been helped in part by the way the race mapped out he emerged a thoroughly worthy winner, writes MATTHEW LIPS.