KASIMIR completed a clean sweep of Cape Sprint feature wins with a game success in Saturday’s Gr2 Diadem Stakes over 1200m, and posted his fastest time this season.
Kasimir had won November’s Gr2 Merchants Stakes and January’s Gr1 Cape Flying Championship in commanding fashion, with good improvement attributed to his being gelded.
He was always going to be the favourite to add the Diadem to his list of trophies, though, as expected, it wouldn’t come easy this time due to a swing in in weights with several formidable rivals.
Kasimir’s gelding has taught him to focus better and run through, but jockey Richard Fourie had to draw on every ounce of his mount’s gameness to claim the contest by a bob of the heads.
Kasimir was up there near the firing line, tracking Chimichuri Run who cut the pace with a few on his inside and Bold Respect doing the same to his outer.
Fourie’s game plan had to be executed to the split second to produce the desired result at these weights and when they came to the 200 mark one sensed that he knew exactly what he had under him, and how far the winning post was from his hard-rallying ride.
Fourie had Chimichuri Run and Bold Respect in hand with 100m to go, but he undoubtedly expected a late challenge from somewhere and maintained his rhythmic driving and precise use of the whip. When the last-gasp flash came from a low-flying Speedpoint, Kasimir was balanced and courageous enough to hold on, and his nose was down when the cameras snapped.
“This was a dream end to the Cape season for us,” posted Snaith Racing on Facebook.
A four-year-old by Captain Al from Aquatint, by Paintre Celebre, Kasimir was a R1,2-million CTS Premier Yearling Sales buy who races for William Drew, Bernard Kantor, Peter and Anna Doyle, Diane Nagle and Mrs Paul Shanahan.
He clocked 70.90s in winning his 6th of 14 starts and has banked in excess of R2,3-million.
Photos: Wayne Marks.