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Grant Van Niekerk, who steered Oh Susanna to victory in the 2018 G1 Sun Met, enjoyed a day to remember at Kenilworth on Tuesday.
Van Niekerk booted home three winners on the day, claiming the third race on Rock My Soul, fourth on Magnificent Seven and seventh on River Cam.

He was seen to particular good advantage when making much of the running on Rock My Soul, to defy a muddling pace, to steer the latter to a half-length win over stable mate Paddington in a MR 76 handicap over 2500m.
One of two winners on the Kenilworth card sired by European champion Twice Over, the Bernard Kantor owned Rock My Soul was trying the 2500m trip for a first time and the gelding also provided the Joey Ramsden yard with two of the first three races on the card.

Rock My Soul’s stable mate Montego Bay, very green when fifth on debut, had won Tuesday’s first race, when getting first run on the Snaith trained favourite Seventh Sea to win a maiden plate over 1000m. The first four home in the first race were all two-year-olds, and Montego Bay looks capable of further improvement.
Ramsden assistant Ricardo Sobotker said after Montego Bay’s win, “He is very laid back for a Var and does not show me much at home. I think he is a nice horse with a bright future ahead of him.”
The 15th 2yo to win this season by Champion 2YO Sire Var, Montego Bay was a R1.7 million buy from last year’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale.

Apprentice Louis Burke was another rider to catch the eye on Tuesday, with the 4kg claimer notching up a double when victorious on China Wolf and Cavalleria respectively. The latter was particularly impressive, with the Patrick Kruyer trained four-year-old slow away and losing plenty of ground at the start before turning it on in the straight to win going away by three and a half lengths. The chestnut lacks nothing for pedigree, being a daughter of champion sire Silvano out of the Captain Al sired Fillies Championship winner Townsend.

According to her trainer,” Cavalleria is notoriously slow away. She spreads her legs in the stalls which means she never breaks well. She has a big heart though and I think the extra ground of today’s race let her get away with it!”

A first-timer who caught the eye on Tuesday was the Brett Crawford trained Vodka Lime, who ran third in a maiden plate over1000m, despite losing a shoe on the way to the start and being slow into stride. The Captain Al three-year-old filly should go close next time out!

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