TRAINER Glen Kotzen and jockey Richard Fourie provided one of a number of surprise results on Lanzerac Ready To Run Day at Kenilworth, Saturday when beating a talented line-up in the Gr2 Selangor Cup over 1600m with Gold Standard (28-1).
It wouldn’t have been a surprise to Kotzen’s yard itself, because they knew what they’d had in the three-year-old son of Trippi – a progressive sort who’d entered the race under the radar after a minor feature win at Fairview, and is obviously just as promising as the four highly-regarded Australian imports who were the talk of the town in the run-up to this event.
This is a time of year when, traditionally, the wheat is sorted from the chaff and often “boom runners” are put in their place by relatively unexposed types, peaking in feature races after a slightly slower rate of development than those that took the early limelight.
This is not meant to imply that the likes of Table Bay (AUS)and Al Fahad (AUS) will not be able to fulfil what has been expected of them – it simply means that they will have to find another day, and other races, to do it – as things start squaring up in the longer run.
Both the most fancied runners looked the part in the parade ring and both strode out well. Perhaps the pace didn’t suit them, perhaps it was just not their day in the sun. But stardom is by no means out of reach for either, nor for Ramsden’s other ace import A New Dawn, who is also up there with the better runners of his generation and, in fourth, showed that he too should not be written off as we move on to the Cape Guineas and the Derby and then into Champions Season in Durban.
There will undoubtedly be a few more three-year-olds to join the serious classic fray as fresh pretenders to the throne in due course. Perhaps, this season’s dominant classic male is yet to have been unleashed.
Take nothing away from a good training feat for Kotzen and his team. And, for once, SA-based stallions dominated a Graded feature as Varsfontein-bred Gold Standard produced a powerful late run under Richard Fourie to secure the honours near the line from Brett Crawford’s Edict Of Nantes, a son of Count Du Bois raised by Klawervlei.
Kotzen paid R725 000 at the 2015 Val De Vie Yearling Sale for Gold Standard, who races in the Chrigor Stud’s interests for Woodhill Racing’s longstanding patrons, Suzanne and Hugo Hattingh.
Photo: Gold Standard-jockey Richard Fourie (smiiling), wins the Selangor Cup on Gold Standard. (Wayne Marks).