TRAINER Andre Nel has always focused on targets instead of over-racing his runners and five-year-old Kampala Campari (15-1) posted a Graded success as his sixth win from 19 starts came along in Saturday’s Gr3 Cup Trial over 1800m at Greyville.
Nel told Turf Talk: “He races well fresh so we wanted to win the Greyville 1900 with him, but he needed the run a bit more than expected and had come along well into the Cup Trial, a nice feature win all the same.”
Gavin Lerena rode a professional race on Kampala Campari, who found himself in the lead with nothing else wanting to commit. Lerena didn’t rush or restrain his mount, just ambled along comfortably until Warren Kennedy cried ‘enough’ on Eyes Wide Open and rushed him up around runners and into the lead turning for home.
That was a clever move by Kennedy, but not clever enough for Lerena, who sat patiently still, not breaking Kampala Campari’s rhythm. They started pegging back Eyes Wide Open, regained the lead with 150m to run and held on gamely.
Lerena said: “Kampala Campari was free-wheeling in front, we had a clear run into the straight and he picked up the bit when Eyes Wide Open came running by. He hangs in badly, but he ran to the line. He’s a big guy, he put up a fight.”
Nel said that Kampala Campari would not be supplemented into the Vodacom Durban July, though he will probably make the final field if the stable were to do it. “We have Head Honcho in the July, he’s a few lengths better than Kampala Campari, especially over the longer trip. Kampala would probably finish midfield, so we’d rather consider the July Consolation. I want to hear what Gavin thinks of 2200m for him.”
More likely however, Kampala Campari will next be seen in the Gr1 Champions Cup at Greyville on 27 July. “He will come in fresh and have a shout,” said Nel.
Kampala Campari, by Querari from Kwitizina by Captain Al, has banked R670,000 for owner Sabine Plattner and La Plaisance Stud. He was saddled by assistant trainer Byron Foster.