What A Winter back for more at Kenilworth
Preview: South Africa, Saturday
Kenilworth: Betting World Cape Flying Championship (Grade 1) 5f, turf, 3yo+
What A Winter (Mike Bass/Bernard Fayd'Herbe), the winner in 2011 and runner-up 12 months ago, is marginally odds-on to win again. This time he has the double disadvantage of coming back from an abortive attempt at a mile in the Queen's Plate and problems with haemo-concentrating - a thickening of the blood not uncommon in entire horses in South Africa.
Bass said: "I don't think the Queen's Plate run will have taken the edge off him and, as he is fit, it's just been a matter of freshening him up although it would have been easier if he wasn't haemo-concentrating.
"But the filly is very quick, they are going to go a good clip and our horse just might find himself with a bit to do at the end."
He is referring to Via Africa (Duncan Howells/Alec Forbes) who has won her last four.
Howells said: "She was hanging in the final furlong last time and we found a problem with one of her teeth but, since that was fixed, she has never looked back. This is a tough call for a three-year-old filly but she has tons of natural speed."
Fellow three-year-old Cape Royal (Dean Kannemeyer/Karl Neisius) is on a four-timer and Kannemeyer said: "He is in good form and very well although the filly is very fast and I also have to respect What A Winter."
Chave De Oura (Dennis Drier/Sean Cormack) reverts to sprinting after finishing second in the Cape Guineas and Drier said: "I have freshened him up since and, if either Via Africa or What A Winter fluff their lines, we will be right there."