AS classic contenders go, One World has been the one colt most talked about in South Africa this term. He showed why, posting an enthralling comeback win in a Progress Plate over 1400m at Durbanville Saturday, and remaining unbeaten after four starts.
“I was resigned to second place, but this horse gave me his all,” commented an excited jockey Anton Marcus post-race. One World, by all accounts a beaten horse with 200m to run, fought back gamely to regain the lead he’d lost to the year older Kasimir, and won a good race.
Marcus added: “Fair play to Bernard (Fayd’Herbe), who put on the squeeze (on Kasimir), that’s race riding. But One World fought back doggedly. Thanks to MJ Byleveld, who told me all about him.”
One World looked seriously in danger of losing his unbeaten record. He led the way into the home turn, but seemed one-paced, a bit flat, when Kasimir loomed up to challenge him at the 400m mark. As contests go, most supporters of the older horse would’ve shouted, ‘Race Over!’, but they didn’t count on One World’s determination to win, a trait that will stand him in good stead when he bumps the likes of Soqrat and Alyaasaat in the Gr1 Cape Guineas.
“What a wonderful run,” exclaimed trainer Vaughan Marshall. “One World was way out at the weights. I’ve been criticised for running him here, but there was nothing else in the programme and we had to start somewhere.”
He concluded: “Anton Marcus rode a good race, but One World won it. I hope he goes on from here.”
One World is another top quality son of the deceased wonder stallion Captain Al, produced from the mare Aquilonia, a daughter of by Giant’s Causeway. Bred at Klawervlei, he races for Etienne Braun, Braam van Huyssteen, Ken and Jane Truter.
Headline photo: One World (far side), fights back in gritty fashion. (Wayne Marks).