Candice Bass-Robinson’s Marina completely outclassed her eight rivals in the listed World Sports Betting River Jetez Stakes over 2400m at Kenilworth this afternoon, and will have far bigger prizes on her mind come the Cape summer season.
River Jetez herself was trained by Candice’s father Mike of course, and won the then J&B Met in 2010. Mrs Bass-Robinson alluded to the Cape showpiece in her post race interview, so could history repeat itself?
But back to today’s race.
Pink Tourmaline set a moderate gallop followed by River Cafe and French Declaration, while the 5-10 favourite ambled on one from last with only Katie To behind her as they turned into the short 450 straight of the winter course.
But remarkably just over 100m later Keagan de Melo was in front and looking through his legs for the opposition.
Without any discernible effort the hugely impressive full sister to Marinaresco cantered past them, and the race was over as a contest.
Katie To also kicked on and gallantly tried to make a race of it, but Marina was divisions better and sleepwalked (see picture) over the line 2.25 lengths clear. A margin that comes nowhere near to describing her true superiority.
“It’s been a tough two weeks as she had a virus and didn’t eat for a week so I’m very relieved. She could be anything and has a very bright future,” said a delighted Candice Bass-Robinson.
The equivalent Pocket Power Stakes (G3) for colts was won by Crimson King (above), meaning the three legs of the winter series all had different winners this year after Warrior took the Variety Club (1600m) and Hoedspruit the Legal Eagle (1800m).
East Cape raider Jaeger Moon set the pace, but Crimson King and Hoedspruit moved past him at the top of the straight and had the race to themselves after that.
It was clear over 200m out that Glen Kotzen’s charge had the upper hand and he kept on strongly to win by two and three quarters.
It was a milestone 100th win for Justin Vermaak’s Green Street Bloodstock, and what better way to bring up the century than with a Group win.