Picture: Cousin Casey and another Randjesfontein stalwart Gimme A Nother will not be able to make the journey down to the L’Ormarins King’s Plate meeting (Image: Wayne Marks)
The African Horse Sickness Season has come a little bit earlier than usual and those horses who are still at Randjesfontein are currently not allowed to travel to Cape Town, although Turffontein is still clear for travel.
This time of the year is known as “AHS season” so it is a given that there will be a ban on travel from Randjesfontein every year around this time, it is nothing unusual.
However, it has left two big gun entries, the Sean Tarry-trained L’Ormarins King’s Plate entry Cousin Casey and the Mike de Kock-trained Cartier Paddock Stakes entry Gimme A Nother, standed as they are still at Randjesfontein.
There is is not enough time before those races on January 6 for the horses to be put through a vector protected quarantine facility.
The procedure for that to happen is for the horses to first be tested for AHS and they then have to spend 14 days in vector protected quarantine before being allowed to travel.
The results of the AHS tests would only be returned next week, which is less than 14 days before the race.
Cousin Casey and Gimme A Nother are thus likely to be scratchings from those two big races.
Gimme A Nother won the Gr 2 Mike de Kock Ipi Tombe Challenge on Saturday.
Cousin Casey’s disappointed owner Ravi Naidoo confirmed Cousin Casey was still at Randjesfontein and said the reason he had not travelled earlier was because he had been thriving at Randjesfontein. He said one of the reasons he had been moved to the Highveld in the first place was a physiological one. The Highveld is apparently a more suitable climate for entires who have a tendency to haemoconcentrate.
Ravi had been looking forward to the LKP but added Cousin Casey would “be back”. He said a line could be drawn through his Betway Summer Cup run, which had followed a fine second in his seasonal reappearance in the Gr 2 Allied Steelrode Onamission Charity Mile. The race just did not pan out well for the Vercingetorix colt in the Summer Cup.