KOMMETDIEDING looked stylish in his debut win at Kenilworth on Tuesday. This was the second inaugural Klawervlei Farm Sale race for two-year-olds and he ran purposefully past hot-pot favourite Tanzanite Queen, herself traveling with a handful at the 250m-mark, to win the 1200m contest by two lengths for jockey Sihle Cele.

His name, registered by owner Ashwin Reynolds, roughly translates to “Come With This Thing” – and Kommetdieding came through for him at nice odds of 16-1. The naked odds reflected him as an outsider, but he was actually fourth from the top on the betting boards and, aside from Tanzanite Queen, was the only runner who’d found betting support, pre-race.

“We liked Kommetdieding, but everyone was talking about Tanzanite Queen being hard to beat and the money came for her, so Ashwin got a better bet than he may have anticipated,” said Michelle Rix, who trains the colt with her father, Harold Crawford. “We’re so happy for him, he has long supported our stable.”

Kommetdieding is by Elusive Fort, a stallion whose progeny has come to light in recent weeks with good showings over a range of distances, but at the time of last year’s farm sale they weren’t exactly in demand. At a purchase price of R55,000, this means that he must have been an outstanding specimen at the Farm Sale on the one hand, and, now, a surprise bargain on the other – as he was born from a Captain Al mare.

Rix said: “My father likes the Elusive Forts we also have Fort Agopian in the yard who has had setbacks and is temperamental, but he is a nice sort too. Kommetdieding was a beautiful yearling, classy with a good conformation. He was an attractive specimen despite his woolly farm coat at the time.

“He’s grown into a beautiful horse. In his case the Covid-19 break was a blessing, because the Farm Sale race would’ve come to soon otherwise, and it gave him a few extra months to come to hand.

“That said, he still has much improvement to come. He needs to learn to race, he is green still. We only took him through the pens once at Milnerton, he hasn’t been to Kenilworth before. He is a solid, strong boy, but calm as you can get with a wonderful temperament.”

Cele commented: “He was sluggish out, but he
pulled me through and he quickened when I squeezed him. He’s a smart horse, I’ve stuck with him from day one. They’re going to have a lot of fun with him.”

Rix and Crawford have enjoyed a few very promising seasons and they have built their string to 32 runners. Kommetdieding will be a nice feature contender for them, he will be aimed at the Langerman over 1500m, which should be no problem on pedigree.

The handicapper has given Kommetdieding a 100 rating – something Rix feels is “a bit extreme” considering the quality of the field, but Tanzanite Queen’s form points on collaterals to fillies feature winners Delta Queen and Captain’s Ransom. Also Tuesday’s third horse, Captain Dizzy, was several lengths back, giving the win more merit.

Only time will tell on the authenticity of that rating, but we have a feeling Kommetdieding is a colt with a future! 

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