Talented three-year-old One World showed plenty of courage and determination when fighting back to claim victory in the G3 Winter Guineas run at Kenilworth on Saturday. The Captain Al colt made it win number seven, from only eight races, when out-dueling a strong challenge from runner up Vardy (who was receiving 2kgs from the winner) and take his earnings to R3 292 500 for owners Etienne Braun, Ken and Jane Truter, and Braam Van Huyssteen.
Rider Anton Marcus had no hesitation in taking One World to the front, and the pair went clear early on. However, the Adam Marcus trained Vardy started a threatening looking challenge down the centre, and with 300m left to run, the 4-10 shot One World appeared to be staring defeat in the face. However, Marcus coaxed more out of his game partner, and One World fought back to claim victory by a head, with Vardy losing nothing in defeat.
The finish proved a rough one, with Vardy coming off a straight line to bump One World, and the pair touched several times over the final stages, with Vardy’s trainer Adam Marcus lodging an ill-fated objection as a result.
In the process, One World joined a long list of high class gallopers to have won the Winter Guineas, with the list including Pocket Power, Variety Club, Act Of War, Power King and Marinaresco.
The Winter Guineas, the first leg of the ever popular Cape Winter Series, had a slight delay after Herodotus lost a shoe and had to be re-shod at the start.
One World and Vardy are now likely to renew rivalry in the 1800m G3 Winter Classic.
Saturday’s other feature race, the Listed Sweet Chestnut Stakes, was also won by a front running favourite, when the Bernard Fayd’Herbe ridden Helen’s Ideal overcame a wide draw of 11 to make all to win the 1400m contest.
The 3yo daughter of Ideal World, who had finished fifth in the G1 Gbets Cape Derby earlier this season, justified 17-10 favouritism with a convincing, all the way one length win. She is now likely to head to the Olympic Duel Stakes for her next start.
Helen’s Ideal gave trainer Paul Reeves a quick double, with Reeves also successful in the fifth race with Photocopy.
Saturday also saw the deceased G1 Racing Post Trophy winner Kingsbarns get off the mark as a stallion in South Africa when his 2yo son King Of Gems made a winning debut to claim the first race for trainer Brett Crawford and owner-breeder Drakenstein Stud.