Today Luyolo “Louis” Mxothwa goes into a Grade 1 with a realistic winning chance for the first time. And the likeable rider intends to make the most of his
opportunity on Seeking The Stars in the Cape Guineas.
“I’m very excited, but not nervous. My horse has done nothing wrong and I have a lot of confidence in him. It’s as simple as that. The 1600m will be no problem. It’s obviously a strong field but we have a fighting chance,” commented the down-to-earth 27-year-old while en-route to Fairview yesterday.
And why not. With a mark of 117, the Vercingetorix colt is rated 3 points superior to next best handicapped Malmoos, and he has scored dominant front-running victories in both the Grade 3 Cape Classic and CTS Ready-To-Run Stakes coming into this race.
He has something of a Variety Club feel about him, although there is a long way to go before scaling those heights.
Louis’ previous best at this level has been a couple of sixths. Arniston in this race on his very first try back in 2014 behind Joey Ramsden’s Act Of War. And Atyaab, who ran a gallant race to Summer Pudding in the recent WSB Summer Cup.
He also rides Herodotus in the Peninsula Handicap among today’s other features.
“I was second on him to Belgarion in this same race in January this year. He’s not the most consistent, but it’s a wide open event.”
Louis is currently on track to have his best season ever, with an impressive 32 wins and 13.6% strike rate.
“My aim for the season is to finish in the top ten. And to get my first Grade 1 victory of course…”, he concludes with a laugh.