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Questioning winning the Gr 3 Cape Classic in impressive style (Picture: Wayne Marks)

Turf Talk

The Gr 2 Cape Punters Cup over 1600m will headline the much anticipated meeting on Sunday, which sees racing return to a revamped Hollywoodbets Kenilworth.

The highest rated horse in the race is the Vaughan Marshall-trained Querari gelding Questioning, who is a more forward type than his Listed-winning half-brother Senso Unico (Twice Over). Questioning was reeling off a hattrick when winning the Gr 3 Cape Classic over 1400m easing up under Bernard Fayd’Herbe last time out. The handicappers raised him 20 points to 111 for the run which made him the current highest rated Cape-trained sophomore. He has drawn well in two. He is out of a speedy twice-winner by Captain Al, but Senso Unico’s Listed win was over 2000m and he also has a half-brother by Oratorio, whose three wins for Marshall included two over this trip. Questioning is drawn well in two and Fayd’herbe stays aboard.

The Sean Tarry-trained Tail Of The Comet has won his two starts this season over 1450m and 1400m respectively in easy and impressive style. He beat the useful filly Just Be Lekker by 4,25 lengths in the BSA Sales Cup over 1400m last time out. The Gimmethegreenlight colt is out of a speedy Listed-winning Jet Master mere but gives the impression he will enjoy a mile. He has a fine turn of foot and Richard Fourie stays aboard from draw five.

The Justin Snaith-trained Trippi colt Hluhluwe has a lot of potential. He was a shorthead loser to My Golly Molly in the Gr 3 WSB Langerman over 1500m at the end of last season. He has won his only start this season over 1400m by 0,30 lengths from Zoomie, to whom he gave 3kg. The latter franked it by winning the Listed ROA Stakes over 1600m at Fairview next time out. Hluhluwe has his second run after a layoff and has the widest draw in the ten horse field, but stable jockey Grant van Niekerk is up. Hluhluwe is a half-brother to two horses who have won over staying trips and to another one who has won over 2000m, so he should relish the step up in trip.

His stablemate Snow Pilot by Lancaster Bomber was a 1,75 length runner up to Questioning in the Cape Classic and is out of the Gr 1 Majorca Stakes amd Gr 2 WSB Fillies Guineas winner Snowdance, so should relish the mile trip on pedigree. He has an impressive stride, but is widely drawn in nine. He took quite a strong hold in the Cape Classic from a wide draw, so did well to stay on for a 1,75 length second. If he finds cover in this race and drops the bit he could have a fine chance under JP van der Merwe.

The Dean Kannemeyer-trained Green With Envy was drawn in pole in the Cape Classic and sat behind Questioning. He could not match the latter in the straight and was beaten four lenghths. However, he was doing his best work late and is by Gimethegreenlight out of a Galileo mare, so should relish the step up in trip. He is drawn seven under Craig Zackey.

The Brett Crawford-trained Zoomie proved he likes this trip when winning the ROA Stakes and this Querari gelding now has pole position, so could be in the shake up. However, he was receiving 3kg from Hluhluwe when beaten 0,30 lengths over 1400m before his Fairview win.

The Eric Sands-trained My Golly Molly won the Langerman and a line can be drawn through his Cape Classic last place finish as he suffered a dreadful trip in which he was continually shuffled outward. The Fire Away colt should enjoy the trip but has a tricky draw of eight under Corne Orffer.

The Gareth van Zyl-trained King Pelles was just 1,30 lengths behind the fine unbeaten prospect Mexican Pete last time out in the Model man Mile over 1600m on the Hollywoodbets Greyville turf. How the latter does in the Gr 2 Jonsson Workwear Dingaans on Saturday could be a good pointer to this Duke Of Marmalade colt’s chances.

The Piet Steyn-trained Greeting My Master is held by Hluhluwe and Questioning on 1400m form and although his sire Master of My Fate should help him stay this trip his Kahal dam Eastern Greeting was a Gr 2 winning sprinter and his useful half-sister Winter Greeting (What A Winter) faded over 1400m on Friday evening after hitting the front.

The Ricky Maingard-trained Var gelding Just Var has to make up 11,90 lengths on Questioning from the Cape Classic.

It is going to be an intriguing race which could be fought out by Questioning and Tail Of The Comet. Hluhluwe has his second run after a rest, but in time could become as good as the former pair and might even threaten here, while Snow Pilot will be a big runner if he finds cover and settles well. Green With Envy is not out of it either as he shoud enjoy the step up in trip and should be running on.

The field for the Gr 2 Punters Cup is shown below:

Race-8 (Turf) R500 000 1600m 16:25 Ref-208
1st R296875, 2nd R95000, 3rd R47500, 4th R23750, 5th R11875, RCIS R25000
For 3 year-olds

No Apprentice / Female Sex Allowance
1 1 Zoomie 60 101 A Luyolo Mxothwa Brett Crawford
2 2 Questioning 60 111 A Bernard Fayd’Herbe Vaughan Marshall
3 3 Greeting My Master 60 95 A Ashton Arries Piet Steyn
4 4 Just Var 60 90 A Denis Schwarz Ricky Maingard
5 5 Tail Of The Comet 60 106 A Richard Fourie Sean Tarry
6 6 King Pelles 60 93 A Athandiwe Mgudlwa Gareth van Zyl
7 7 Green With Envy 60 101 A Craig Zackey Dean Kannemeyer
8 8 My Golly Molly 60 100 A Corne Orffer Eric Sands
9 9 Snow Pilot 60 105 A Juan Paul v’d Merwe Justin Snaith
10 10 Hluhluwe 60 105 A Grant van Niekerk Justin Snaith
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