Jack Milner: There will be wild parties on the Cape Flats on Saturday night after Kommetdieding won the Grade 1 World Sports Betting Cape Town Met over 2000m at Kenilworth.
Ridden superbly by Gavin Lerena, the Harold Crawford and Michelle Rix-trained son of Elusive Fort became the first horse since Igugu to pull off the Durban July and Cape Met Double 10 years ago.
Kommetdieding found late support to go off favourite at 2-1 and did not disappoint, hitting the front early in the straight and then holding off the attention of first Linebacker (4-1) and then Jet Dark (9-2), to beat the Justin Snaith-trained dual Queen’s Plate winner by 0.75 lengths. Linebacker was relegated to third, but only another 0.20 lengths back while three-year-old Double Superlative got fourth place, just 1.75 lengths off the winner.
The gallop was not that strong and it was left to Rockin’ Ringo to make the pace from Puerto Manzano and Cirillo. Lerena was able to use his No 1 draw to perfection as he had Kometdieding in fourth place, just three lengths off the leader. Jet Dark and Linebacker were towards the rear with just Second Base behind them.
With a strong southeaster blowing, the jockeys brought their horses towards the outside of the course but Lerena stuck to the centre. Suddenly Linebacker made a strong forward move on the outside of the course and at one point headed Kommetdieding, while Jet Dark started his run up the inside. Lerena got his mount back on track to easily hold the off the challenges of the opposition.
Charismatic Ashwin Reynolds owns Kommetdieding and he was surrounded by supporters as he came to the winner’s enclosure to lead in the horse.
“This win is for the people of South Africa,” he exclaimed.
Lerena exuded praise for Kommetdieding. “He is an amazing horse with an amazing cruising speed.
“I must compliment Michelle and her team. He looked a picture today.
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