The stars came out to play at Hollywoodbets Greyville this afternoon, with Rainbow Bridge, Captain’s Ransom and Linebacker all making short work of their rivals in the three G2 races on offer. 

First up was dual Cape Met winner Rainbow Bridge. After being placed in midfield, he quickened up smartly down the centre of the track to easily dispose of a decent Independent on Saturday Drill Hall Stakes field.    

Market rival Catch Twentytwo was just under two lengths adrift in second, but was absolutely no match for Eric Sands’ champion.

“I wanted to ride him quietly, but as soon as he saw daylight he did the rest,” said Luke Ferraris, who gave the Ideal World gelding another polished ride. 

League of her own

Captain’s Ransom is something very special, and added the World Sports Betting Fillies Guineas to her already impressive list of titles without really breaking a sweat. 

She sat two lengths off the pace as they turned for home, switched out and floated clear, with no fuss whatsoever to win as she liked. 

Princess Calla came from the tail to be beaten just over a length and a half, but the distance was immaterial. This race was over 300m out. 

Linebacker flattens them

The WSB Guineas for colts had attracted a brilliant field, and not unexpectedly proven frontrunner and stable mate to the eventual winner Seeking The Stars went off to set a hot pace.  

He was three lengths clear of Tread Swiftly in a strung out field at the top of the straight, and it was quickly apparent that he would take some catching. 

But Grant van Niekerk produced Linebacker in mid stretch, and the Cape Derby winner made up the deficit smoothly to score extremely cosily by half a length.

The jockey confirmed post-race that he “could have won by much further.”

Previously undefeated Kommetdieding finished strongly for third, a position he did well to attain, given he was forced very wide off the heels of The Gatekeeper 250m after the start, along with eventual fourth finisher Russian Rock. 

They both found themselves well out of their ground as a result, and are far better than this bare form suggests.

Interestingly the time of 96.96 was over a second and a half faster than the fillies race.    


  1. A feast of Global racing this weekend and depending on who you listened to, Gauteng had the best horses in the country running on Saturday and on Sunday Gold Circle produced a far better card with real champions on display, with respect to Joe Soma’s star and The Querari flyer, we witnessed the cream on show on Sunday..
    With respect to what we saw, there was a downside. The Gold circle media and Presenters were not on a par with the Equine talent.
    A Gold circle release stated that they might not be able to trust the Cape 3 year old form, it produced the Queens Plate winner, Linebacker, Seeking the Stars, Russian Rock, Malmoos from the Guineas and the unbeaten Kommetdieding winner of the Gr3 Politician Stakes. Probably the crop with the most depth ever seen, the filly sector might even have stronger claims. Time will tell, fear not you are not alone, the commentator on Saturday proclaimed ” the best horses in the country are running here today “. Joe Soma and Justin Snaith’s can lay claims to being amongst the best, but no other. The horse Alistair claimed as best he has seen has met that titan, Driving Miss Daisy twice, not much between them on both occasions. I would venture that Eric Sands would rate Rainbow Bridge at least a cricket pitch or 2 superior to Daisy! Mike might stretch that to a rugby field when assessing Horse Chestnut against Daisy. Guide dogs and white sticks are available.
    In Kzn we had another Gold circle praisesinger during the trophy presentation of the Guineas discussing a filly with a MR 30 below Captains Ransom while he should be focusing on the superb victory of the
    Suspect formed Linebacker (not my assessment)
    The presenters spent so much time on luncheons with owners, who just walked through the parade ring and other trivia, that while history was being made, the focus was on special fillies and not on the already Gr1 Classic winner on the podium that formed a piece of history that seems much less important.
    The Guineas first four were all bred by Klawervlei, and not a mention!!!!!
    It doesn’t surprise me regarding the presenters and media, the same stud bred the winner of every Graded race for 3 year old colts in the Cape Season with their not to be trusted Linebacker from a wide draw lost to Malmoos narrowly in the Concord, they also bred First 2 in the Guineas and Seeking the Stars won the lucrative Sales race, yet not a mention of this monumental feat.
    Linebacker, Seeking the Stars, Russian Rock and Kommetdieding. From one Stud and the media slept on.
    If that is the best Gold circle can do in this regard, they need to review their employment criterior, as all the new initiatives will still be reliant on the personel that they use, we deserve better, there is a lot at stake. That release regarding the strength of the Cape 3 year olds had no right seeing the light of day.


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