Tail Of The Comet looks held on Punters Cup form, having only managed fifth place. However, that was a disappointing effort and perhaps it was a flat run. He has a tricky draw of eight under Richard Fourie.
Vaughan Marshall is bidding for a sixth Cape Guineas and has a good chance with the smart Querari gelding Questioning, who is drawn well in barrier two. He will have to reverse form with both of the Snaith runners Hluhluwe and Snow Pilot from the Punters Cup, as well as with the Dean Kannemeyer-trained Green With Envy. However, he did beat both Snow Pilot and Green With Envy in the Gr 3 Cape Classic over 1400m. Furthermore, his Cape Classic pilot Bernard Fayd’Herbe is back aboard. Questioning raced a bit too strongly in the early stages of the Punters Cup and never settled perfectly after that. He is capable of bouncing back if running more within himself from draw three.
Dean Kannemeyer has won the Cape Guineas no fewer than six times and his father Peter won it three times. The yard have a fine chance of landing a tenth Guineas with the Khaya Stables homebred Gimmethegreenlight colt Green With Envy. He ran on strongly from the back in the Punters Cup to be beaten just 0,45 lengths. However, he has a tricky draw of eleven, so is likely going to have to be dropped out again.
An interesting entry is the Candice Bass-Robinson-trained Potala Palace filly Red Palace. She is highly regarded and was fancied for the Gr 1 WSB Cape Fillies Guineas before refusing to load and having to be scratched at the start for the second time in succession.
Her stablemate Captain Arrow (Captain Of All) is an interesting entry having never raced beyond sprints, but he would need to improve.
Another stablemate Jersusalema Rain (Captain Of All) also needs to prove he stays this trip and needs improvement on his Cape form to date.
The Brett Crawford-trained Zil Morris (Fire Away) was beaten 4,75 lengths in the Cape Classic but was only 0,75 lengths behind Green With Envy. In the WSB Langerman over 1500m he was only 1,75 lengths behind Hluhluwe. However, he failed to win a handicap over 1400m off a 99 merit rating last time. He will need to improve on that, although he does now have pole position. Kabelo Matsunyane rides.
Crawford’s first call rider in Cape Town, Luyolo Mxothwa, rides Zoomie (Querari), who was beaten 4,50 lengths by Hluhluwe in the Punters Cup.
The Glen Kotzen-trained Hat’s Pride (Hat Puntano) has 1,75 lengths to make up on Zoomie from the RA Stakes over 1600m at Fairview and he has the widest draw of all.
The field for the R2 million Hollywoodbets Cape Guineas is shown below.
1st R1187500, 2nd R380000, 3rd R190000, 4th R95000, 5th R47500, RCIS R100000
Hollywoodbets CAPE GUINEAS (Grade 1)
For 3 year-old horsesNo Apprentice / Female Sex Allowance
|Grant van Niekerk
|Juan Paul v’d Merwe
|Tail Of The Comet
|Green With Envy
|(1,7) (3,6,9) (4,5)
The betting with the sponsor is:
Tail Of The Comet 4/1
Questioning, Snow Pilot 5/1
Green With Envy 11/1
Red Palace 25/2
Captain Arrow 17/1
Zil Moris, Zoomie 20/1
Jerusalema Rain 25/1
Hat’s Pride 40/1