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Jockey Richard Fourie was seen at his brilliant best when he rode 6-1 Elusive Heart to an all the way in the G3 Vasco Prix Du Cap on Saturday.
The Chrigor Stud and Peter de Beyer owned filly, the only horse to beat Snowdance, went to the front at the jump and was never headed, with Fourie timing his ride to perfection.
The 11-10 favourite Rose In Bloom tried her best, but Fourie’s judgement allowed Elusive Heart to run out a convincing 2.25 length winner of the final Graded feature of the Cape Summer Season.

Rose In Bloom, who was picking up her fourth Graded race placing on Saturday, just kept second, ahead of a fast finishing Lanzerac Ready To Run Stakes winner Miss Katalin. The latter looks one to follow, as she was slow away in Saturday’s race, and lost two lengths at the start.

Elusive Heart provided 2018 G1 Investec Cape Derby winning trainer Glen Kotzen with another graded win, and Kotzen said after the race, she is likely to be sent next to KZN, where he feels his charge will enjoy the short Greyville straight.

The 2018 Prix Du Cap was also another tribute to the quality of three-year-old filly crop this season, with the first three past the post all sophomore fillies.

The day’s second feature, the Listed Kepu TradingJet Master Stakes, was won by the Harold Crawford trained Perovskia, who received a great ride from Lucien Africa. The latter positioned his mount just off front running G2 Premier Trophy hero Milton, before setting Perovskia alight in the stretch. The unfashionably bred four-year-old dug deep to hold off a late challenge from former Met/July contender Mambo Mime (who returned with blood in his mouth) and earn his first feature race win by a long neck.

Former G1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge winner Mac De Lago, who was slow away losing ground at the start, caught the eye with a smart third, with favourite Summer Sky, a stable mate of Jet Master runner up Mambo Mime, well held in fourth.

A first winner for the now gelded G1 Daily News 2000/G1 Cape Derby winner Russian Sage, Perovskia has now reeled off a hatrick of wins, with the consistent gelding having won or placed in nine of his 12 races.

Manetheren, a full brother to five time G1 winner Inara, got off the mark at the sixth time of asking when victorious over 1400m on Saturday.


Kenilworth hosted the ever popular Prawn Festival on Saturday –and the day proved yet again a huge success, with an enormous crowd turning out to enjoy the festivities.

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