It proved tough going for favourites at Durbanville on Saturday, with not a single tote favourite obliging on the eight race card.
When 28-1 shot Tippu Tib defied a wide draw of 12 to win the opening race for trainer Glen Kotzen and jockey Morne Winner, he set a pattern which saw favourite backing punters take something of a bath.
Winaar would open and close the meeting, with the rider teaming up with Foxy Princess to win the last. Morne has a superb record with the Royal Air Force daughter, and has ridden the 5yo six times for four wins and two fourths.
Kotzen went close to taking the first two races on the card, but his favoured Cantata was nabbed close to home in the maiden plate for fillies over 1400m by the Brett Crawford trained Captain’s Choice. The latter was another to overcome a wide barrier at Durbanville this weekend with Captain’s Choice having to defy post 12 to score.
Captain’s Choice is a filly who lacks little in the way of pedigree, with the 3yo having been produced by Castle Pine –a Caesour half-sister to the Oaks winning dam of Equus Champion and Triple Tiara heroine Cherry On The Top.
The luckless Cantata (whose trainer hopes to run in the 2018 CTS Ready To Run Stakes) has now been second at each of her three outings thus far and must go close again next time out.
Another well bred filly who got off the mark at Durbanville on Saturday was the Crawford trained Depeche, who shed her maiden over 2000m. A daughter of multiple champion sire Silvano, she is a half-sister to Highlands Stud based G1 Premier’s Champion Stakes winner Potala Palace and the unbeaten Front And Centre, a likely contender for next week’s Fillies Championship.
There were excuses for Redial, the beaten favourite in Saturday’s third race, with that Dean Kannemeyer trained son of Twice Over returning not striding out.
In contrast, one horse who caught the eye for positive reasons on Saturday was the Kotzen trained Luna Child, who was having her first run since the end of July. A daughter of Ideal World, Luna Child very nearly defied a trip short of her best and the impost of 60.5kgs to win a FM92 handicap over 1250m. She looks a filly to watch this season, especially over a longer trip.
Trainers Candice Bass-Robinson and Brett Crawford both enjoyed doubles on Saturday, with Bass-Robinson sending out and Meraki and What A Winner to score, and Crawford taking out races two and seventh with Captain’s Choice and Depeche respectively.
Cape racing makes its return to Kenilworth next Saturday, where the nine race card is highlighted by the G2 Western Cape Fillies Championship and G3 Cape Classic.