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Trainer Vaughan Marshall is on the verge of winning the G1 Cape Guineas for a third year running (following successes with William Longsword and Tap O’ Noth), following his charge One World’s courageous win in the G2 Concorde Cup, run over 1600m on the winter course at Kenilworth on Saturday.

Should One World prevail in the Cape Guineas, he will also become the third son of deceased Cape Guineas winner Captain Al to win in as many years.

The Klawervlei Stud bred One World was sent to the front early on by jockey Anton Marcus and kept galloping gamely to record a half-length victory over Gauteng visitor Chimichuri Run.
And while Chimichuri Run (whose trainer Sean Tarry had won the R2.5 million CTS Ready To Run Stakes earlier on the card) chased One World gamely, it was the Marshall trained 3yo who always looked to have the upper hand, with One World eventually prevailing.

Recent G3 Cape Classic winner Twist Of Fate (ridden from off the pace on Saturday in contrast to his front running score in the Classic) stayed on nicely–despite stamina concerns from his trainer before the race –to take third, ahead of Herodotus, who was five lengths off the winner in fourth place. His connections are eager to try their Master Of My Fate colt on the summer course which should be to Twist Of Fate’s liking.

Winner of last season’s Listed Highlands Stud Langerman, One World is now unbeaten in five outings and looks an exciting prospect for owners Etienne Braun, Ken and Jane Truter and Braam Van Huyssteen.

Earlier on the day, Kasimir, a probable contender for the G1 Cape Flying Championship, provided One World with yet another boost when he ran out a comfortable one and a quarter length winner of the G2 Cape Merchants, with such G1 winners as Bold Respect, Attenborough and Sergeant Hardy among those beaten by the Captain Al gelding. 

Kasimir had previously finished second to One World when the pair met in a progress plate over 1400m at Durbanville last month.

Third place finisher Bold Respect caught the eye in the Merchants, with the son of Bold Silvano finishing off the winner –who was receiving 6.5kgs from Bold Respect.

Bred by Drakenstein Stud, Kasimir (unplaced just twice in his 11 race career thus far) was one of three winners on the day for the combination of Richard Fourie and Justin Snaith. A son of Captain Al, the gelded four-year-old, one of five runners in the Merchants for his trainer, is a half-brother to 2014 G1 Durban Golden Horseshoe winner Afrikaburn –who had finished unplaced in the previous day’s November Stakes at Fairview.

Fourie and Snaith also teamed up to win races three, with Elusive Fortune, and four, with Silvano’s Pride, although they suffered a surprise setback in the second race, when Vodacom Durban July runner up Made To Conquer was unable to peg back front running winner Milton despite being sent off the 9-10 tote favourite.

Former champion trainer Sean Tarry claimed victory in Saturday’s CTS Ready To Run Stakes with the game but luckless Cirillo –a son of the former Tarry trained July winner Pomodoro.
Cirillo, placed in all of the SA Nursery, Kuda Sprint, Protea Stakes and Cape Classic previously, looked overdue to land a big prize and duly did so –under a superb ride from Concorde winning jockey Anton Marcus.

The latter took Cirillo to the front early on, in attempt to overcome the colt’s 16 draw, and never really looked like getting caught.
Cirillo kept finding, and despite Majestic Mozart (another drawn poorly) coming with a late rattle,  stayed on to land the R1 250 000 first place prize by two and three quarter lengths.
He is now likely to contest December’s Cape Guineas, where his opponents are likely to include One World and hugely impressive Dingaans winner Hawwaam.

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