Trainer Candice Bass-Robinson has had a tremendous season with her two-year-olds in 2018-2019, and the Bass-Robinson yard enjoyed further juvenile success at Kenilworth on Saturday when sending out the regally bred Constable to justify favouritism over 1200 metres.
Second on debut to the promising King Of Gems, the Trippi sired Constable was all the rage for Saturday’s race and duly lived up to expectations, despite being drawn on the wrong side of the course, by posting a smooth two and a quarter length win under jockey Anthony Andrews.
Bred and owned by Drakenstein Stud, Constable lacks nothing in pedigree terms, as he is a full-brother to G1 Durban Golden Horseshoe hero Afrikaburn and half-brother to current sprinting star Kasimir.
Mark Bass said of the winner, “We have always rated him highly, and think he will be a very decent sprinter.”
Constable’s dam Aquatint went close to having a double on the day when her Duke Of Marmalade son Peter Paul Rubens went down narrowly, when beaten into second by The Perfect Wave, in Saturday’s fourth race.
Trainer Glen Kotzen did enjoy a double on Saturday, with his yard sending out both Elusive Flight and Pearl Tiara to win their respective races, with both fillies ridden to victory by Morne Winaar.
The latter shone when making all to win the third race on Elusive Flight, with the pair stretching well clear in the closing stages to win by nearly three lengths.
A daughter of Elusive Fort, Elusive Flight drifted out in the betting prior to Saturday’s race but had far too many guns for her rivals and won as she liked.
In contrast, her stable mate Pearl Tiara had to work hard to withstand a desperate late challenge from the favourite Wallis Simpson when just getting up to win Saturday’s sixth race, the Tellytrack.Com FM67 divided handicap over 1700m. The filly was given a superb ride by Winaar, who did well to get his mount over from a wide draw of 11.
Last season’s G3 Final Fling Stakes winner Brave Move appeared tough to beat at the ratings in Saturday’s Interbet.co.za 0861 150 160 Pinnacle Stakes for fillies and mares over 1400m, but never really threatened and ran stone last. The race went the way of Twice Over filly Libra, one of two runners from the Snaith stable to score on Saturday.
Saturday’s Kenilworth race meeting proved a tough one for favourite backers, with Constable the sole tote favourite to oblige.