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Picture: Anfields Rocket wins the Allied Steelrode Gr3 Graham Beck Stakes (Pic – JC Photos)

 

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Impressive recent Allied Steelrode Gr3 Graham Beck Stakes winner Anfields Rocket has changed ownership for an undisclosed sum and could line up in the R2 million Hollywoodbets Gr1 Cape Guineas at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on 17 December.

Speaking on behalf of the gelding’s proud new owners the Hollywood Syndicate, Racing Manager Anthony Delpech confirmed that the KZN-based champion owners had their eye on the Klawervlei-bred son of Coup de Grace prior to his eyecatching recent Gr3 victory.
 
“Clinton Binda had earmarked Anfields Rocket from early on as a decent sort and the progressive gelding confirmed his classic potential with that really smart win just weeks ago. We believe that he has outstanding potential and are pleased to have reached an agreement with the Marouns. It made sense to leave him in Grant Maroun’s care as he knows the horse and has done so well with him,” confirmed Delpech, who said that they would meet to discuss his racing programme.
 
“It would be fantastic to have him line up in the Hollywoodbets Cape Guineas in December, but we need to consider what is best for the horse,” he added.
 
It is well known that Randjesfontein-based trainer Grant Maroun does not have experience of travelling horses to the Cape and he is on earlier record as saying that he may run in the Dingaans on Betway Summer Cup day or travel for the Hollywoodbets Cape Guineas.
 
“I wish the new owners well and am honoured that they have left him with me. I hope Anfields Rocket makes them proud. As regards a decision where to run him, I will be meeting with Anthony Delpech and his team to plot the best way forward,” added Maroun.
 
Now a winner of 4 races with 1 place from 5 starts for stakes of R310 000, Anfields Rocket was bred by Klawervlei from their retired stallion Coup De Grace (Tapit) out of the Galileo mare Milla’s Rocket, who won twice up to 1800m in the UK.