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Jet Dark (Wayne Marks).

L’Ormarins King’s Plate Grade 1 A Fascinating Race

Before Charles Dickens even made his debut in April 2022, the class hierarchy was clear with Jet Dark the pre-eminent miler in South Africa after successive wins in the Queen’s Plate; and Met/ July victor, Kommetdieding topped the middle-distance category.

However, things change quickly in horse racing – from only six starts, Charles Dickens has run the sort of off-the-charts figures that now put him on the cusp of legendary status.
 
Ironically, the horse to get closest to him, (beaten a neck on debut) Yellowporscheroad, has twice suffered bleeding episodes and is out of action. All other subsequent rivals have been spat out with disdain by the magnificent chestnut son of Trippi.
 
Recent victims include juvenile champ Cousin Casey who clocked in a discouraged 4.25 lengths behind his awesome contemporary in the Hollywoodbets Cape Guineas whilst former Guineas winner, five-year-old, Russian Rock was thrashed by over three lengths in receipt of 1.5kg’s in November by the not-even tuned up youngster.
 
On pure handicapping, Charles Dickens looks formidable carrying just 55 kg’s.
 
However, Justin Snaith is adamant that Jet Dark will not relinquish his crown without a fight. The four-time G1 winning Trippi entire is deadly over 1600m and is striving to complete a rare, hat trick in this prestigious contest.
 
Kommetdieding has tangled with Jet Dark on several occasions and there is not much between them. He is primed third run after a rest having won both starts off a similar pattern.
 
There is a query about a genuine pace for this race as it lacks an obvious leader. Zapatillas, Russian Rock and Golden Ducat should go handy from low draws but might not exactly force the issue. Positioning, luck in running (the principals are drawn 9, 10 and 8 respectively) and ability to accelerate will prove decisive.
 
Yet another son of Trippi, Trip of Fortune could be best of the balance after a stylish score in the Green Point Stakes.
 
Those pace pressers drawn 1, 3 and 4, or Linebacker may burgle lower slots, but this looks a straight shoot-out between Charles Dickens and Jet Dark, with Kommetdieding next.