THE word ‘Kasimir’ is the English form of the Polish name Kazimierz (Kazimiru), which at its roots means “to destroy” combined with miru “peace, world”. The South African sprinter who goes by this name has become a destroyer of his opposition, whilst bringing peace to the hearts of restless punters.

We noted in writings about Kasimir that he looked like an outstanding horse, as early as his first run on Met Day in 2017 when he should have beaten Call To Account in the Juvenile Stakes, but didn’t because he was green and running around.

That’s all history now, because Kasimir had the cause of his awkwardness settled by a veterinarian’s scalpel and he’s developed into a high-class sprinter who showed his rivals a proper clean pair of heels in Saturday’s Gr1 Cape Flying Championship over 1000m at Kenilworth.

Kasimir (Richard Fourie), with Jonno Snaith (left), Anna and Peter Doyle (right).
Kasimir (Richard Fourie), with Jonno Snaith (left), Anna and Peter Doyle (right).

Always in the leading line disputing matters, Kasimir stretched clear in commanding manner to put the race in the bag fully 100m from home. Bold Respect took second ahead of his stablemates Search Party and Pacific Trader.

Snaith commented: “I didn’t want to geld Kasimir because he was so beautiful and I kept him a colt as long as I could, but there came a point when he had to do it.  Thanks to the owners for their patience.

“We were very bullish, we’d planned this meticulously. He may just have needed his last run, so we knew today it would be game on!”

Jockey Richard Fourie agreed that Kasimir was just short of his peak in his last run, a Pinnacle Sprint in which Pacific Trader took advantage and came out tops. “He’s a lovely horse, pleasing to work with and he was prepped for this!” enthused Fourie.

Kasimir is a Drakenstein-bred son of Captain Al and Aquatint, by Peintre Celebre and he races for William Drew, Bernard Kantor, Peter and Anna Doyle, Diane Nagle and Mrs Paul Shanahan. They bought him for R1,2-million at the 2016 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.

“David and Diane Nagle were early supporters of my stable, well done to them, they couldn’t be here today,” said Snaith of the Nagles, whose Barronstown Stud became inductees into the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association hall of fame on Sun Met day.