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Picture: Charles Dickens comes home lonely on Saturday (Wayne Marks).

Charles Dickens added to his burgeoning reputation when destroying quality opposition in the G1 Cape Guineas to extend his unbeaten sequence to six victories. The truly exceptional son of Trippi is trained by Candice Bass Robinson and was ridden by Aldo Domeyer. He started deep in the red at 5/10 and won by four lengths from Cousin Casey (s/s 107), who pipped At My Command (s/s 107) for second place.

These are the adjusted speed figures the champ has earned at each successive career start, together with sectional upgrades where applicable: 101 104 89++ 112 111 + and now 120! This Cape Guineas tour-de force propels him into an elite realm of SA thoroughbred legends.

It would be fascinating to do a deep-dive into stride analysis for a freaky good horse such as Charles Dickens. Technology exists to measure both stride length and cadence which would enhance our appreciation of this world class natural talent. Based on the towering speed figures he has recorded he is already up there with greats of the SA turf, and he’s achieved these feats at two and three years of age when not yet fully mature – and without being really extended! Remarkable!!