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Isivunguvungu will be among the Peter Muscutt-trained campaigners for the Cape Summer Season (Hollywood Syndicate)

 

Peter Muscutt will be sending a string of 25 horses down to Cape Town for their Cape Summer Season.

Considering a total of only 26 horses raided Cape Town for the entire last season, Muscutt’s news provides immediate proof that the incentives put in place by Cape Racing to attract out of province campaigners is going to have the desired effect.
The exciting What A Winter four-year-old sprinter Isivunguvungu will be among Muscutt’s campaigners.
This strapping gelding gave the Hollywood Syndicate their 100th winner of last season and did so in impressive style.
Held up just off the pace in the Listed MWOS Umngeni Handicap over 1000m on the poly, he burst through a gap under Richard Fourie and powered home to win by 3,20 lengths.
He has consequently been raised from a 103 merit rating to 110.
That might still seem too low for him to be considered a player in the Pongracz Grade 1 Cape Flying Championship.
However, that last start proved that the minimum 1000m trip is his game and that the best has likely not been seen of him yet.
In three starts over 1000m he has won two of them and finished a narrow second to a Grade 1 winner in the other.
Good Traveller beat him by 0,70 lengths in a 1000m contest on the poly and has gone on to finish a close second in the Grade 2 Post Merchants over 1200m and a 2,65 length fifth in the Grade 1 Mercury Sprint. 
Isivunguvungu, whose name given by former Springbok rugby player Odwa Ndungane means “storm”, was receiving 5,5kg when beaten by Good Traveller but that was only his fourth career start. He has plenty of scope and should come into his own this season.
Muscutt has probably the highest rated maiden in the country in the three-year-old Captain Of All gelding Captain Bombshell, who finished fourth in the Grade 1 Golded Medallion, before finishing a 2,60 length sixth in the Grade 2 Epol Umkjhomazi Stakes over 1200m.
The 103 merit rated youngster finished 1,20 lengths behind his promising stablemate Formagear (Querari) in the latter race.
They will both be on the float and their best distances will soon be discovered.
Bevies Delight (Vercingetorix) is a maiden who is obviously held in high regard, because she found some support at long odds in the Grade 2 Zulu Kingdom Explorer Golden Slipper over 1400m, and finished a not disgraced 2,95 length seventh. She showed a good turn of foot from a handy position but was then swamped, so the step down to 1200m for the Grade 2 Prosport Debutante over 1200m seemed like the right move. However, she had to be dropped out to last after jumping outward from a wide draw and was never in it.
She will also be on the float and so will the promising four-year-old Dynasty gelding Imilenzeyokududuma, who won impressively over a mile last weekend and has been raised to a 90 merit rating.
Most of the horses on the float will be unraced two-year-olds.
However, considering the incentives in place Muscutt has little to lose and everything to gain.