ONE of the best things we saw this racing week was the excellent coverage received by the Vasco Da Gama Pub and Tavern, who had attached their brand to the Gr3 Vasco Taverna Prix Du Cap and a Prawn Festival of proportions at Kenilworth.

We won’t need any subjective scoring by the obsolete to give us a hint either, we’ll rate this a comfortable 8/10. Tellytrack gave this sponsor a good deal for its cash, including an on-site panel discussion, a live post-race interview and constant brand breakaways. To back it up, the build-up to the day was well handled by Racing. It’s A Rush, who bombarded the media with press releases.

It is not known whether Bryn Ressel and his team at Vasco’s had put extra pressure on the operator and its media arm for what they received. What matters is that the event was kept in the public eye with relentless marketing and this has to be applauded. We had a small sponsor here who put their eatery and a relatively below-the-radar race on the map with an aggressively-supported effort, the only way to attract more sponsors to racing.

The 1400m contest itself went to the favourite, Just Sensual (1-1) who, in the words of race caller Rouvaun Smit, was “racing under the hands” with 450m to go, quickened clear and won easier than the 0.40-length margin suggests.

Marcus was worried that rival Silver Mountain would bring her best to the track, but that didn’t happen and it was left to outsiders Captain’s Flame and Gimme Six to do the chasing, with A Time To Dream running into fourth from a distance back.

Marcus suggested that Just Sensual’s run in the CTS Mile on Sun Met Day had been too disappointing to be true and congratulated Joe Ramsden’s team on getting her back on the boil for this outing.

Assistant trainer Ricardo Sabotker said: “She worked very well a week ago and also last Tuesday. Fillies who take a knock like she did (in the CTS Mile) don’t always come back to their best.”

Michael Jooste, speaking on behalf of Mayfair Speculators: “Just Sensual is wonderful, she keeps on giving. Anton Marcus too!”

Just Sensual is by Dynasty from Consensual, by Camden Park. Bred by Klawervlei Stud, she’s raced six times for four wins and career earnings fast approaching the R1-million mark.

Photo: Wayne Marks.

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