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With the G3 Vasco Taverna Prix du Cap last of the season’s graded features to be run, the curtain has come down on what has been a memorable Cape Summer Season.
The season has seen some remarkable performances, from both equine and human individuals, with Oh Susanna’s record breaking win in the 2018 G1 Sun Met arguably the highlight of the 2017-2018 Summer Season.

Trainer Of The Season: Justin Snaith, currently more than R6 million clear on the trainers log, had a truly remarkable season in 2017-2018. Snaith won no fewer than 13 Cape graded/Listed races this past season, headed by the G1 Sun Met, G1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes, G1 Betting World Cape Flying Championship, G1 WSB Cape Fillies Guineas and G1 Cartier Paddock Stakes. He also saddled Do It Again to finish second in the G1 Investec Cape Derby (and Copper Force to the same position in the Queen’s Plate) and won the Lanzerac Ready To Run Stakes winner Miss Katalin.

Jockey Of The Season: Grant Van Niekerk, who won the Met for a first time, enjoyed a standout season-even if it was not without controversy, with Van Niekerk picking up more than one suspension.

Horse Of The Season: Three-year-old fillies Oh Susanna and Snowdance were the standout performers of the 2017-2018 Cape Summer Season. While Oh Susanna won both the G1 Sun Met and G1 Cartier Paddock Stakes, her once beaten stable mate Snowdance finished ahead of Oh Susanna in both the G1 Cape Fillies Guineas and G2 Western Cape Fillies Championship. In fact, in their two meetings this season, Snowdance finished an aggregate of more than 10 lengths clear of Oh Susanna.

Race Of The Season:  The 2018 G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate proved the race of the season, with dual winner Legal Eagle running a game race to land the LQP for a third year in a row. Unfortunately, South Africa’s reigning Horse Of The Year, for a third year running, failed to justify favouritism in the Met, with Legal Eagle running fourth to Oh Susanna.

Two-Year-Old Of The Season: The one-eyed Traces, a son of Champion Australian Sire Snitzel, showed his class when romping home in the Listed Tattersalls Summer Juvenile Stakes on Sun Met day –a race won previously by such G1 winners as Sergeant Hardy, Sparkling Gem and Copper Parade. While Traces was receiving weight from the winners in the race, there was plenty to like about his 2.25 length win and he could well follow in the footsteps of some of the past Summer Juvenile Stakes winners.

Sire of the Season: Captain Al, sadly now deceased, was the standout stallion of the 2017-2018 Cape Summer Season, with his progeny winning such major features as the G1 Forus Cape Guineas, G1 WSB Cape Fillies Guineas, G1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes and G1 Betting World Cape Flying Championship. The former champion sire, and eight times champion sire of 2yos, was also sire of Undercover Agent and Captain And Master –the 1-2 finishers in the 2018 CTS 1600.

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