Gimmeanotherchance represents the Mike de Kock yard, who are in flying form (Candiese Lenferna Photography)
At this time last year the strength of the three-year-old male crop lay in Cape Town, as has been the norm in recent times, but that is not the case this season.
And that is the reason why Saturday’s Gr 3 Betway Graham Beck Stakes over 1400m at Turffontein Standside has one of its most exciting ever renewals.
The race inludes Sandringham Summit, Main Defender, Sovereign State and Gimmeanotherchance, meaning the only touted male sophomores around the country who are missing are the sidelined Lucky Lad and his stablemate Tail Of The Comet, who is campaigning in the Cape, and possibly Sovereign State’s unbeaten Frank Robinson-trained stable companion Mexican Pete and maybe also the Mike de Kock-trained Beamonesque.
Of course the like of My Golly Molly, Questioning, Tenango, Green With Envy, Zil Moris and others can still step up to the plate on Sunday in the Gr 3 Cape Classic. After all the Western Cape’s winter was blighted by record rainfalls and it might have hampered the preparation of some of their best three-year-old males, who also include Hluhluwe, who is not running this weekend.