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Ken Nicol: After winning all three big sprints of the Cape season, Kasimir capped a dream season and made certain of the Equus champion sprinter title by notching the Grade 1 Mercury Sprint at Greyville on Saturday.

But the 18-10 favourite and Computaform best bet had to work extremely hard for it, as Sean Tarry’s brilliant filly Celtic Sea led throughout, and was only overhauled late under an ice cool Richard Fourie ride on Kasimir.

Few would have expected Celtic Sea to set the tempo, but she jumped out smartly, followed by outsider Palace Chapel.

Kasimir had got across swiftly to be in a perfect position third on the rail, with Snowdance fourth.

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