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.