Capetown Noir: ran out an easy winner of the Cape GuineasPICTURE: Liesl King
Capetown Noir justifies support with easy win
Report: South Africa, Saturday
Kenilworth: Cape Premier Yearling Sales Guineas (Grade 1) 1m, turf, 3yo
Capetown Noir (Dean Kannemeyer/Karl Neisius) destroyed the opposition to give Kannemeyer his fifth Cape Guineas win in nine years and justify some massive market support.
The 9-10 shot, available at 11-5 two days earlier, was unleashed over two furlongs out and he strode clear to beat 35-1 shot Chave De Oura by three and a quarter lengths.
Welsh-born Neisius, normally known for delivering his mounts almost on the post, said: "The course is running so fast that I decided to go quite early and let them try and catch me. He then ran all the way to the line. I didn't look back because I knew nothing was going to get to me."
Kannemeyer added: "I was so convinced he was going to win that, had I been a gambler, I would have had as much as I could on him. I think we will go for the Cape Derby on February 2 next but we will look at the J & B Met on the same day. He is not entered but I might supplement him."
The winner is owned by Lady Christine Laidlaw who also has horses in training in Ireland and was celebrating her 25th wedding anniversary as well as her husband's 70th birthday.
King Of Pain, regarded as the winner's main danger, ran on all too late to take fourth and rider Bernard Fayd'Herbe said: "I should have been second. I wanted to get behind Karl but another jockey let two horses in and I found myself at the back on a lazy horse."