The Michael Roberts-trained KZN superstar See It Again was using today’s Gr 2 WSB Green Point Stakes as a stepping stone to the Gr 1 L’Ormarins King’s Plate and Gr 1 WSB Met, but he was too classy for a top class field that included the pair that vied for Equus Horse Of ThHe Year last season, Charles Dickens and Princess Calla.
Charles Dickens and Princess Calla were also admittedly usuing it as a stepping stone race, but their respective runs were still disappointing and it was Brett Crawford’s perennial bridesmaid At My Command who finished second.
Piere “Striker” Strydom rode a flawless race and made more than a few among the public eat their words after they had chosen to criticise the legend from the grandstand for his second-place rides in the Hollywoodbets Durban July and HKJC Champions Cup.
See It Again broke well from draw two and Strydom held his position and secured the rail in a handy position.
Meanwhile, Charles Dickens was held strongly from the off and dropped out to last place.
In the straight Charles Dickens switched to the outside and in retrospect he might have done so too soon.
His usual exhilarating turn of foot took him into the lead together with Princess Calla in the centre.
However, Strydom had bided his time and when he switched outward and took the gap between the latter pair it was clear he had a lot more in the tank than they had.
In fact At My Command towards the inside also stayed on past Charles Dickens and Princess Calla to finish a 1,75 length second.
Charles rallied to be beaten 2,15 lengths and was 0,30 lengths ahead of Calla with Rascallion in fifth place.
Charles will be back and the connections will be hoping for a better draw in the L’Ormarins King’s Plate and his chief weapon, his exceptional burst of speed, will likely be left for as late as possible.
However, See It Again today showed just how good he was and it must be remembered that he was given the highest ability rating of any horse in the country last season by respected analyst Karel Miedema for his Hollywoodbets Durban July second place finish.
Today, he might just have proved himself the best horse in the country over a trip which is sharper than ideal for him.