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WSB Cape Town Met favourite See It Again and the R7.5 million Gold Rush runner King Of The Gauls are both staying at Paddy Kruyer’s Milnerton yard  and are thus allowed to work together.

Both horses are domiciled at Summerveld for Michael Roberts and Tony Rivalland respectively.

It was interesting to hear an opinion on King Of The Gauls from part-owner Robert Bloomberg and the revelation of a fine recent gallop he put up.

King Of The Gauls had the dogs barking at Summerveld before his first appearance, but in a hot maiden over 1000m at Hollywoodbets Scottsville last August he was beaten into fourth place by Sovereign State, Star Performer and Beamonesque, all of whom are useful.

He made amends second time out with an easy win over that same course and distance, but it was clear after his third start, a disappointing fourth on the Hollywoodbets Greyville poly, that he needed gelding.

He was gelded after travelling to Cape Town for the Summer Season and the dividends were seen immediately.

He won his first race as a gelding, leading from start to finish over the tough Hollywoodbets Kenilworth 1200m and was impressive.

He was then tried over 1400m and finished a 4,35 length sixth running off a 93 merit rating, the winner being the 82 rated four-year-old Innamorare.

However, Bloomberg has not written off his chances of staying the 1600m trip of the Gold Rush.

He said, “We actually don’t know whether he stays. He is out of a High Chaparral mare and the grandam won the South Australian Oaks. So on paper he should stay, but the problem is he has so much gatespeed and last time everything went pear shaped because the fact that he has so much gatespeed and we had such a terrible draw when he jumped out the gates Richard couldn’t drop him in. He came across at breakneck speed and then got on the fence but he had no cover. Then when Richard settled him at the top of the straight, Marvel William bumped us twice and that just fired the horse up. At one stage halfway up the straight it looked like he was going to hold them off but then the whole pack converged on him. Under the circumstances, he did really well, only got beaten 4,35 lengths, but we are none the wiser whether he stays or not.”

Robert revealed, “We galloped him over 1500m on the cinders at Milnerton, a proper gallop with See It Again. Bernard Fayd’herbe rode King Of The Gauls. He gave See It Again three or four lengths start and was told not to let the horse work beyond 80% capacity because he had his AHS injection the week before. He made up the ground effortlessly on See It Again and then went all the way with him. Bernard then eased up in the last 100m and See It Again beat us about a length-and-a-quarter. Bernard is adamant he would have stayed with See It Again, no problem. So that is how good his work is. He also dropped the bit, settled, no problem. We then galloped him left handed on the cinders over 1400m with Strathclyde. He also sat behind this work companion … it wasn’t a contest, but Strathclyde bombed in his first start in Cape Town and needed to be gelded.”

Robert added  “We then took him to Kenilworth and galloped him over 1400m , no problem at all. So based on what he has sbown us at home and provided he settles he will get the trip.  But you just don’t know what happens in a race. What was really important was that he cracked a draw so he can get cover. We got the draw (6) and I think I’ve got the correct rider (Gavin Lerena). Richard was committed to Tail Of The Comet for the season, but Gavin Lerena is a jockey who normally sits in, sometimes overly so and is too far back. He has good hands and hopefully will make the horse settle. What I thought was very professional of him was he turned up riding in Jo’Burg tomorrow (Thursday) in order to fly to Cape Town tonight (Wednesday), so that he can ride work tomorrow morning. He will also ride the US of A, who he is also running for me on Saturday.”

Robert said the talk had been that Bavarian Beauty was already past the post in the Gold Rush, but he did question the strength of her Gr 1 Douglas Whyte Thekwini win and whether her one run in November was an adequate preparation.

He said he felt overall the race was “quite thin.”

He said, “You have to respect Tail Of The Commet dropping from a Gr 1 and we know that Rapidash and Infrared will both get the mile.”

He views the race lying between those five (Bavarian Beauty, Tail Of The Comet, Rapidash, Infrared and King Of The Gauls).

In a Met podcast done with Robert, Alistair Cohen and Richard Fourie it is clear the latter has a high regard for King Of The Gauls.

Robert concluded, “You will hear in the podcast how effusive Richard is about King Of The Gauls and off the air even more so … he said to me he wants that horse back.”