CAPE PREMIER YEARLING SALES GUINEAS (Grade 1)
Kenilworth, Turf, 1600m
22 December 2012
The Paul Lafferty-trained Grade 1 Cape Premier Yearling Sales Guineas contender Love Struck travelled down to Cape Town a day or two after winning the Listed Guineas Trial at Clairwood over 1600m on November 18 and has been staying at Shane Humby’s Milnerton yard.
Lafferty commented, “He galloped very well at Kenilworth last Wednesday with his Guineas rider Karis Teetan aboard. He is fit, fit, fit. He won his last two races, both from pole position, so it could be a bit of an omen that he is drawn in pole again, although this is obviously a tougher field.”
Alesh Naidoo, one of his owners, drew the magical number one berth when there was apparently only that one together with barriers eight and twelve remaining in the draw.
The rangy Summerhill-bred gelding finished third in the Grade 1 Premier’s Champion Stakes over 1600m at Greyville, also from pole position, in his last start as a two-year-old and will have to find three lengths on The Hangman from that race. However, The Hangman will have to deal with a tricky draw of six in the twelve horse field.
Love Struck has impressed in his last two starts, winning a Graduation Plate over 1400m at Scottsville by 6,25 lengths before giving the field 2kg and a 1,75 length beating in the Guineas Trial. On a line through Guineas Trial third-placed Wild One, he has a chance. He gave Wild One 2kg and a 4,75 length beating, while The Hangman only beat Wild One by five lengths in the level weights Dingaans despite the latter’s jockey carrying about 1kg overweight. However, it has to be said that Wild One was still very green in the Guineas Trial.