For a second week in a row, Kenilworth’s Saturday meeting saw a two-year-old put up an impressive winning debut.
Following on from Cousin Liz’s eye catching win last weekend, two-year-old colt Minnesota Dream stamped himself a horse with a future when he made a winning debut over 1000m for trainer Joey Ramsden and visiting jockey S’Manga Khumalo.
Despite being tardy away, after playing up badly at the start, the Visionaire sired Minnesota Dream stormed home to win going away by three-parts of a length from the well related Kamadeva (a Capetown Noir half-brother to G1 SA Classic winner Love Struck), who also caught the eye on debut here.
It is never easy to make up significant ground lost over 1000m, but Minnesota Dream did just that, and he should go on and win his races judging by his performance on Saturday.
Khumalo, a former dual South Africa champion, enjoyed a good day at Kenilworth on Saturday when he booted home both Minnesota Dream and Apollo Ace (also for Ramsden), with the latter benefitting from a gelding operation to land Saturday’s fifth race, the Join Us At The Prawn Festival 23 Feb 2019 MR 72 Handicap). One of two winners for former star sprinter What A Winter on Saturday, Apollo Ace reversed the form with beaten favourite Red Rascal in no uncertain terms –having finished more than four lengths off Red Rascal last time out but finishing nearly five clear off that Adam Marcus trained runner on Saturday.
Another partnership to notch up a double on Saturday was trainer Justin Snaith and jockey Richard Fourie, with that combination teaming up to win race four with Swift Surprise and race eight with Star Of Silver.
The latter, a daughter of multiple champion sire Silvano, made it two wins in a row when downing the promising tote favourite Dream Baby Dream by a convincing 2.25 lengths in the Next Meeting Kenilworth 23 February 2019 FM 72 handicap (fillies and mares) after making much of the running.
The 3yo Star Of Silver, who was coming off a dominant three and a half-length maiden win, is a half-sister to Ibhayi Stakes winner Gimme The Stars and an own sister to Oaks Trial runner up Our Shining Star.
Winning trainer Justin Snaith missed his last successes as he was away playing polo!