Pomp And Power had a dream running down the inside of the rails to beat longtime leader Universal and win the Jonsson Workwear Cape Derby (Grade 1) over 2000m in Kenilworth on Saturday. The chestnut son of Vercingetorix was bred at Maine Chance Farms and trained by Justin Snaith.
Snaith also saddled 9-10 favorite Double Superlative, but he missed extra after handy racing and could only finish third, beating 4.75 lengths. Perhaps he relapsed after a massive effort against seniors at the Met and didn’t quite have the spring in his legs from stable mate Pomp And Power on whom Richard Fourie ran a clever tactical race. All credit to the 9-2 prized winner who is both a brave and versatile Thoroughbred who can sustain a strong canter over 1600m and, as it turned out, is also completely at ease over 2000m.
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Pomp And Power is a winner of five of eight starts, including The Langerman as a two-year-old, the Concorde Stakes early at three and now this prestigious Cape Derby. Universal tried their best to push their limits, but couldn’t resist the finish of Pomp And Power. Still, there was credit in defeat for the Gimmethegreenlight foal who appears to be having a very productive career. His trainer, Adam Marcus, would later get some compensation when favorite Princess Calla romped in the Prix du Cap (Grade 3) over 1400m – the Flower Alley foal proved by far the best after a string of excellent efforts in stronger Class 1 class races .
Cosmic Highway has always alluded to first-class skills, earning monster speed marks as a juvenile, and he enjoyed the return to sprints after some admirable efforts up to 1600m, when he completed the Khaya Stables Diadem Stakes (Grade 2) over the 1200m. The bay colt, sire of Gimmethegreenlight, was well prepared by Dean Kannemeyer, providing a decisive margin between himself and pursuers Trip of Fortune and Rio Querari.
Trainer Kannemeyer joked afterwards: “Don’t try to make them stay”, when his decision to bring Cosmic Highway back to sprints was justified. Rio Querari didn’t move as fluidly, according to jockey Grant van Niekerk, and raced too far back to impress. Trip Of Fortune cleverly closed ground to take second in a three-year-old Exacta, but Cosmic Highway had nailed the race thanks to a neatly judged ride from Keagan de Melo who made the most of his mounts.
Cosmic Highway started at 9-2 after being heavily backed by 10-1. Piet Steyn is a highly experienced rider with an expert eye for athletic specimens that don’t cost the earth. He racked up a remarkable double of 33-1 with We’re Jamming in the Cape Nursery (Grade 3) and a myopic Epsom Girl leading all the way to claim the Fillies Nursery (Grade 3) over 1200m. “I really liked them both,” revealed Steyn, who robbed the youngsters for a bargain of R15,000 each. We’re Jamming used stalk-and-pounce tactics on a fast track, and when popular favorite Trompie collapsed unexpectedly, he was ideally ready to take control. Epsom Girl tends to run a zigzag course, but fitting blinkers has helped her run straight and upright – she dominated from the front to win without a hitch.
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The successfully organized Cape Town Seafood and Jazz Racing Festival concluded with a new competition – the Work Riders vs Jockeys Challenge. The professional pilots dominated as The Tinkerman (De Melo) stormed in from Silent War (Fourie), Dean Street (Anton Marcus) and Masterful Guy (Van Niekerk), with senior jockeys filling the first four placings. – 4Racing.