AUSSIES SHINE AT KENILWORTH
Published: 02 April 2013
Easter Monday proved a day of doubles at Kenilworth. Under a gloomy, wintry sky, trainer Justin Snaith and owner Hassen Adams teamed up to win twice with two promising Australian breds and Joey Ramsden scored twice with horses partnered by Andrew Fortune.
The first of the Aussie breds to score was 2yo Playingtheenemy, who broke his maiden in facile fashion when winning the second race. Jockey Karis Teetan was sufficiently impressed to describe the Teofilo colt as a “serious racehorse.”
The promising Playingtheenemy, who was fourth on debut to the unbeaten Red Ray, looks to have a very bright future ahead of him. The form of the G1 bound Red Ray continues to sparkle, and this Western Winter colt must be one to follow this season.
Playingtheenemy ‘s stable companion, Readytogorightnow, was the easiest winner on the eight race card. The handsome son of More Than Ready obliterated his opponents to win by three and three quarter lengths. Jockey Bernard Fayd’ Herbe barely had to work to earn his riding fees on a horse who looked to have his race won 400m out.
While the gelding did not beat the strongest field around, his trainer feels Readytogorightnow could be a Winter Guineas candidate later in the season.
More Than Ready, one of the world’s foremost sires, is also sire of the Snaith/Adams owned and trained Queen’s Plate victor, Gimmethegreenlight.
The other trainer to saddle a pair of winners on Monday was Joey Ramsden, who sent out Tribal Code and Coltrane to land the third and eighth races respectively. Both Ramsden winners were partnered by Andrew Fortune – who recently celebrated his 1000th winner.
Rosedene stallion, Greys Inn also enjoyed a double on Monday when his daughters Lady Kelpie and Mission House scored back to back wins in the afternoon’s sixth and seventh races respectively
Despite overcast conditions, racing on Monday proved a tremendous one for punters – as seven of the day’s eight races were won by the favourite.
The Easter Egg hunt proved immensely popular, with more than 200 children braving horrid Cape Winter Weather to search for a golden egg in front of the grandstand. Among the eggs hidden on course was one which included a R10 000 donation to the winning child’s future education.
This golden egg was found by Dillon Cowan Rohlandt, a grade 7 learner from Fanie Theron School. Well done to Dillon for finding this valuable prize!
Saturday was also the South African Jockeys Academy Charity Race day. Guests were treated to a delicious buffet lunch in the Peninsula Room, and also enjoyed a draw to win a weekend away, and gifts of wine and betting vouchers.