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Hluhluwe winning the Gr 2 cape Punters Cup over 1600m at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth (Picture: Wayne Marks)

There is no Sandringham Summit, no Main Defender, no Purple Pitcher, no Gimmeanotherchance, no The Africa House and No Guy Gibson among the first entries for the Gr 1 Hollywoodbets Cape Guineas to be run on December 16 at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth.

The aforementioned horses included the first five finishers in a vintage renewal of the Gr 2 Jonsson Workwear Dingaans plus the horse who had to be scratched from the latter race under controversial circumstances, Main Defender, who had earlier beaten most of those horses in the Gr 3 Betway Graham Beck Stakes over 1400m.

The way is thus clear for the Justin Snaith-trained Trippi colt Hluhluwe, impressive winner of the Gr 2 Cape Punters Cup.

Hluhluwe is the highest rated three-year-old in the Cape on 114, which is the same as Dingaans winner Purple Pitcher’s rating, but seven points lower than both Main Defender and Sandringham Summit’s ratings.

Hhluhluwe runs in the colours of Nick Jonsson so the Snaith/Jonsson combination will be out to win a second Cape Guineas in the space of three renewals, having won it with Twice Over colt Double Superlative in 2021.

The only two out of province horses among the entries are the Sean Tarry-trained Tail Of The Comet and  the Peter Muscutt-trained Bristol Hercules.

Tail Of The Comet by Gimmethegreenlight looks held on Punters Cup form, having only managed fifth place. However, that was a disappointing effort and perhaps it was a flat run.

Bristol Hercules is an impressive looking Lancaster Bomber colt and better than his one win and 86 merit rating suggests.

Vaughan Marshall has an outstanding record in the Cape Guineas and will be out to win this stallion-producing event for a sixth time with the smart Querari gelding Questioning.

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, although he did beat both Snow Pilot and Green With Envy in the Gr 3 cape Classic over 1400m.

Questioning raced a bit too strongly in the early stages of the Punters Cup and never settled perfectly after that, so 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 has a fine chance of landing a seventh with Green With Envy. This Gimmethegreenlight colt relished the step up to 1600m in the Punters Cup and ran on strongly from the back. However, having had a tricky draw of seven in that race, he now has draw eleven, so is likely going to have to be dropped out again.

Being dropped out to last did not stop Hluhluwe from winning the Punters Cup and he has a better draw of five this time. He now has his third run of the season so should be cherry ripe.

An interesting entry is the Candice Bass-Robinson-trained Potala Palace filly Red Palace. She is highly regarded and was fancied for Saturday’s 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 is an interesting entry having never raced beyond sprints, but he would need to improve.

Another stablemate Jersusalema Rain also needs to prove he stays this trip and needs improvement on his Cape form to date.

Zil Moris, Zoomie and Hat’s Pride will need to step up to be threats.

The first entries are shown below:

Event-1 R2 000 000 1600m (Turf)
CAPE GUINEAS (Grade 1)
2 Bristol Hercules Peter Muscutt 86
7 Captain Arrow Candice Bass-Robinson 98
11 Green With Envy Dean Kannemeyer 108
12 Hat’s Pride Glen Kotzen 90
5 Hluhluwe Justin Snaith 111
4 Jerusalema Rain Candice Bass-Robinson 107
3 Questioning Vaughan Marshall 111
10 Red Palace Candice Bass-Robinson 93
6 Snow Pilot Justin Snaith 109
9 Tail Of The Comet Sean Tarry 106
1 Zil Moris Brett Crawford 99
8 Zoomie Brett Crawford 101
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