Solo Traveller - Bloodstock SA Cape Guineas (Gr1)
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BLOODSTOCK SA CAPE GUINEAS (Grade 1)
One man who’s grinning from ear to ear this week is Mike Rattray. The man who brought the Santa Gertrudis cattle breed to South Africa, founded Mala Mala game reserve and imported multiple champion sire Western Winter, has no need to bother where his next stallion is coming from. In the R1million Bloodstock SA Cape Guineas (Gr.1) on Saturday, his Solo Traveller (son of Western Winter) went to the top of the Three-Year-Old class with a famous victory over a deep entry of sophomores, including his principal Cape rival, What A Winter (also Western Winter), and Mike de Kock’s pair of Perana (Rock Of Gibraltar) and Kavanagh (Tiger Ridge).
Whether this lot will measure up to last year’s remains to be seen, but if Robert Bloomberg’s prophecy is correct, there’s depth to the crop, as the first five or six finished within a couple of lengths of each other.
One thing’s for sure, the race was a triumph for Justin Snaith and his team. Not only were they first and second across the line, but they earlier won the Fillies’ version, and it seems from Justin’s comments, that there are big things in store for Solo Traveller. It’s conceivable he will go the route that put Horse Chestnut on the map, and toss his ticket into the sweep for the J&B Met at the end of January. The trip shouldn’t be a problem, given that his dam is a daughter of the former champion sire Jallad, and comes from a family with no shortage of stamina. Western Winter gets them to go from 1000m t0 3200m.