Hluhluwe (pink cap) fends off the late rally of Snow Pilot (blue cap) after coming from last to win the Gr 2 Cape Punters Cup over the Hollywoodbets Cape Guineas course and distance last time out (Picture: Wayne Marks)
Justin Snaith will be out to land South Africa’s probable greatest sire producing race, the Gr 1 Hollywoodbets Cape Guineas, for the third time at Hollywoodbets Kenilworth on Saturday.
The yard are bullish about the chances of their pair Hluhluwe (Trippi) and Snow Pilot (Lancaster Bomber), who finished one-two in the Gr 2 Cape Punters Cup over the same course and distance as the Cape Guineas last time out.
Jonathan Snaith said, “Hluhluwe continues to improve and furnish into a serious colt. He’s bred to get a trip and relished the mile last time out. In the Punters Cup he sat dead-last in a slow run race and quickened off that slow tempo to win going away. Trippi’s know how to win Gr1 races and he’s been the standout stallion of 2023 with Charles Dickens, Jet Dark, Winchester Mansion and Trip of Fortune flying his flag. Will Hluhluwe be the next of his produce to shine? Time will tell.”
The Drakenstein Stud-bred Hluhluwe is owned by Nick Jonsson. The Snaith/Jonsson combination will be going for a second Cape Guineas together having won it in 2021 with Twice Over colt Double Superlative.
Jonathan continued, “At first glance there seems to be pace in this field so one can expect a true run race with a fair result for all.”
He said about Snow Pilot, who is a Drakenstein Stud homebred, “He has gone up another level since running second to stable mate, Hluhluwe, in the Punters Cup. His mother, Snowdance, won the Cape Fillies Guineas and it would be wonderful if Snow Pilot could follow in her footsteps while giving Lancaster Bomber a Guineas double!”
Smart Lancaster Bomber filly Beach Bomb won the Gr 1 WSB Cape Fillies Guineas on December 2.
Jonathan said about the dangers to Hluhluwe and Snow Pilot in Saturday’s big race, “Green with Eny is the clear and obvious danger when catching the eye last time out – Dean Kannemeyer is no stranger to the Cape Guineas winners enclosure either. The rest of the field seem pretty held on their last meeting in the Punters Cup and would need to make up at least two lengths to turn the tables.”
He added, “There has been plenty of talk about the only filly in the race, Red Palace, but historically the fillies have proven to come unstuck against the boys in this Gr1 event. She also has proven to be rather fractious, having not jumped in both her last two starts. Terry Andrews has had tremendous luck of late with some of his homebreds, mostly with non-commercial sires.”
Jonathan pointed out, “The field has been criticised as not being as strong as in previous years. The classic 3-year-olds have been setback this season by heavy rains and delays in getting back to Hollywoodbets Kenilworth. Do not underestimate the strength of this field and dont be surprised to see the winner of this race take his or her place in the 2024 L’Ormarins Kings Plate.”
Stable jockey Grant van Niekerk stays aboard Hluhluwe and JP van der Merwe stays aboard Snow Pilot and they jump from draw four and five respectively.