As expected Celtic Sea kick-started Sean Tarry’s Cape campaign with a very comfortable win to defend her Gr2 Cartier Sceptre Stakes crown at Kenilworth.

And give immediate justification to Gavin Lerena”s decision to ride in Cape Town during January.  

The 5-10 favourite settled just off the pace as Trickster set a testing tempo followed by Point Of Sale. 

But she cruised into the lead a full 500m out, and with no fuss whatsoever went on to score by an easy length and three quarters.

Favorita just nosed out Hello Winter Hello for second, as both finished strongly. But Justin Snaith’s youngster had to survive an objection after the two made contact in the dying strides.