Green With Envy is a progressive sort who should show further improvement on Saturday in the Gr 1 Hollywoodbets cape Guineas, but he does have a tough draw to overcome. (Picture; Wayne Marks)
The Kannemeyer stable will be bidding for a tenth Cape Guineas, sponsored on Saturday by Hollywoodbets, and they go in to Saturday’s race on a high having won the Gr 2 Cape Merchants over 1200m on Sunday with the five-year-old Gimmthegreenlight gelding Cosmic Highway.
Dean’s father Peter won the Cape Guineas three times and Dean has won it six times.
Dean said about this year’s contender for the yard, the Khaya Stable homebred colt Green With Envy, “He ran a very good race (staying on 0,45 length third) in the Gr 2 Cape Punters Cup (over 1600m). Craig (Zackey) said in his first time at Kenilworth he was a bit lost going around that turn. He came into the straight and pulled him out for a run and the winner (Hluhluwe), who was on his inside, actually went a length clear of him going through the 400m. Craig said he (the horse) didn’t know what it was all about and started looking around. He only flattened out in the last furlong. He was closing in and only got beat a neck, neck. So come Saturday, I think he will be a little bit sharper. He is drawn ten (out of eleven) but he’s not a horse who is going to be sitting up there in the first four anyway.”
Green With Envy has only had five career starts to date and is merit rated 108.
Craig Zackey has ridden him in all four of his starts this season, so knows him well.
Green With Envy will be out to give Khaya Stables’ owner Lady Christine Laidlaw a third Cape Guineas winner. She won it with the Kannemeyer-trained Noordhoek Flyer (SNL) (Pivotal) and the Kannemeyer-trained Capetown Noir (Western Winter) in 2009 and 2012 respectively.
Dean added, “I also have Ponte Pietra (Vercingetorix) in the Peninsula. He’s well drawn and carries 53kg. He’s had two prep runs and will be spot on.”