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Picture: Charles Dickens (Chase Liebenberg).


Aldo Domeyer has never hidden his high regard for the Candice Bass-Robinson-trained Grade 3 Cape Classic favourite Charles Dickens (Trippi).

Interviewed by Cape Racing today, Domeyer said he had expected Charles Dickens to win last time out to remain unbeaten in three starts but had not expected him to win in the manner he had because in his opinion he was “still rusty”.

He added, “I do like the fact he is coming forward with everything and he has come forward since (that race) again. So, I like what I am feeling at home and he seems to be gaining confidence with everything he does. He’s taking it in his stride.”

He said about the Trippi colt’s work this morning, “He did nothing serious this morning, I just let him go and enjoy himself. He’s very professional and accommodating. He’s not bothered by any sort of company or surroundings. Once he has done his work he generally takes some time to get back, I take him for a little walk. If horses go crazy around him he just keeps his composure.”

Aldo was asked if Pocket Power could be compared to a Michael Jordan, who could Charles Dickens be compared to?

“Michael Jackson,” he said, “Electric and entertaining, he has a lot of the assets that leads to a really exciting horse. He enjoys his food, enjoys his grass and he does whatever you ask him or need him to do in his work. There is a buzz around this horse. When you sit on him and when you watch him and when you see him, he just has this presence about him. So far I have no reason to believe anything else other than he is special.”

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The Cape Classic will be run on Saturday at 16H55.