RACE RECORD – 9 runs, 6 wins, 2 places, R551,625
Cape Champion 2yo Colt 2020. FMR 117.
5th MAIDEN JUVENILE PLATE 900m Kenilworth, beaten 3,3 lengths.
Won JUVENILE PLATE 1000m Kenilworth by 4,75 lengths from Thomas Henry.
Won SUMMER JUVENILE STAKES (Listed) 1000m Kenilworth by 1,25 lengths from Emblem Of Hope.
Justin Snaith & Richard Fourie launched their Sun Met day feature campaign with Varsfontein’s Erik The Red powering to victory in the Listed Summer Juvenile Stakes. Described as a ‘quality horse’ by Richard Fourie, Erik The Red was always in the firing line. Justin Snaith said he was pleased to have won the race, given the minimal amount of effort in the prep. Justin expected – subject to the owner’s consent – to have the winner in his KZN 2020 SA Champions Season. – Sporting Post
Won CAPE OF GOOD HOPE NURSERY (Grade 3) 1200m Kenilworth by 0,3 lengths from Joseph Barry.
Erik The Red kicked off the feature part of the Kenilworth meeting with a hard fought win in the G3 Cape Of Good Hope Nursery over 1200. Fourie summed it up perfectly in a few words – “lovely horse, bright future.” – Ken Nicol
Won SOMERSET 1200 (Listed) 1200m Kenilworth by 4,25 lengths from Matthew The King.
Erik The Red is Durban bound after making it 4 wins in a row with a devastating turn of foot in the Somerset 1200 at Kenilworth during lock-down on 9th June 2020. Varsfontein’s homebred Captain Al colt was giving away more weight than a sumo wrestler, yet started almost unbackable at 3-7 and when Richard Fourie pressed the button, he accelerated like a Ferrari to storm home four and a half lengths clear. “He could end up in the Cape Guineas at the end of the year but the question now is whether we go to KZN for the G1 races” said Jono Snaith. “With the way he won, it will be hard not to – and I think he is good enough.” Fourie shares much the same view saying “he’s a racehorse and I wake up in the morning to ride horses like him. He is definitely capable of winning a G1.” – TBA
4th GOLDEN HORSE MEDALLION (Grade 1) 1200m Scottsville, beaten 5,1 lengths by Tempting Fate.
3rd GOLDEN HORSESHOE (GRADE 2) 1400m Greyville, beaten 1,3 lengths by Nourbese.
Won UMKHOMAZI STAKES (Grade 2) 1200m Greyville by 0,5 lengths from Garrulous.
Despite not having the easiest of passages and having to be re-shod at the start, the Justin Snaith trained Erik The Red (5-1) showed his class when running out a courageous winner of the G2 Umkhomazi Stakes (1200m) at Greyville on 29th August. Erik The Red looked beaten, as the front runner kept finding more, but he rallied under a typically well-judged ride from Richard Fourie and won going away. – TBA
Won CAPE MERCHANTS (Grade 2) 1200m Kenilworth by 0,75 lengths from Equus Champion Sprinter, Rio Querari.
Erik The Red is the first 3yo to win the G2 Cape Merchants in 22 years. Starting 2-1 favourite with a handy 52kgs, but still technically under a half-kilo sufferance, the award-winning Erik The Red, who looks to have an exciting future, came from off the pace under an ‘oozing with confidence’ Richard Fourie, and underscored his liking for the Kenilworth 1200m with a dashing three quarter length victory in a time of 71,35 secs. Snaith and Fourie won this race in 2018 with subsequent Equus Champion Sprinter Kasimir – another son of the great Captain Al. This was a win full of merit and character after Erik The Red’s 12 week break following his G2 Umkhomazi Stakes success at Greyville. – Sporting Post
SOUTH AFRICA’S MOST PROLIFIC FEMALE LINE
COVENANT, by Western Winter. 7 wins from 1000m to 1600m, R979,085, Kenilworth Majorca S., Gr.1, Southern Cross S., Gr.2, Sceptre S., Gr.2-twice, Sweet Chestnut S., L, 3d Scottsville South African Fillies Sprint S., Gr.1, Kenilworth Southern Cross S., Gr.2, Clairwood Tibouchina S., Gr.2, 4th Clairwood Mercury Sprint, Gr.1. Half-sister to PROMISEFROMMYHEART (dam of MASTER OF MY FATE, JUSTTHEWAYYOUARE), SECRET HEART (dam of PLUCK, THREE HEARTS), London Niece, Secret Mission (dam of HACK GREEN). Dam of five foals, all winners, inc:-
ERIK THE RED (c by Captain Al) Subject horse.
Varallo – Supreme Patrol (H.K.) (g by Var) 4 wins-2 at 2-to 1400m, R411,625, HK$728,755, HKJC San Po Kong H., Greyville Track & Ball Stanger H., Scottsville Download the Tabgold Information App Juvenile P., 2d Scottsville Gold Medallion, Gr.1, Greyville KZNBDS H., 3d Scottsville Godolphin Barb S., Gr.3, HKJC Middle H., Kiu Tsui H.
Scandola (f by Fort Wood) 3 wins-1 at 2-at 1000m, 1200m, R229,775, 2d Kenilworth Itsarush.co.za H., Durbanville Supabets P., 3d Fairview Lady’s Pendant, L. Dam of-
Gimme’s Lassie (Gimmethegreenlight) 2 wins at 1250m, 1400m, R184,750, in 2022-23, Durbanville Racecape S., 3d Kenilworth Western Cape Fillies Championship S., Gr.2.
SECRET PACT, by Bush Telegraph. 4 wins-2 at 2-to 1200m, R265,690, Newmarket George Azzie Memorial H., L, Vaal Jack Patience Futurity S., L, Ascot-On-Vaal Sprint H., L, 2d Newmarket Henry Eatwell Memorial H., Gr.3, Turffontein Three Year-Old Sprint, Gr.3, Newmarket TR Lewis Memorial S., L, Issie Shenker Memorial H., L, Greyville Hibiscus S., L, 3d Milnerton Cape Flying Championship, Gr.1, Scottsville Allan Robertson Fillies Championship, Gr.1, Milnerton Southeaster Sprint S., L, 4th Scottsville South African Fillies Sprint S., Gr.1. Sister to LONDON NEWS, half-sister to BLUE SHADE, DANCING BLUES, RECONDITE, UNDERGROUND LADY (dam of LADY BROMPTON), WICKED ROSIE, Trafalgar House, Night Spot (dam of AMERICAN BADGER), So Happy (dam of SUPERWOOD), Vote Catcher (dam of FULL OF GOLD). Dam of 10 foals, 8 to race, 7 winners, inc:-
COVENANT (Western Winter) 7 wins. See above.
PROMISEFROMMYHEART (Elliodor) Champion 3YO Classic Filly in South Africa in 2003-04. 6 wins-2 at 2-from 1200m to 2000m, R763,600, Greyville South African Fillies Guineas, Gr.1, Newmarket Triple Tiara Fillies Guineas, Gr.1, Greyville Woolavington S., Gr.2, Clairwood Thekwini S., Gr.2, Turffontein Ipi Tombe Challenge, Gr.2, 3d South African Fillies Classic, Gr.2. Dam of-
MASTER OF MY FATE (Jet Master) 6 wins from 1200m to 1800m, R705,700, Kenilworth Peninsula H., Gr.2, Premier Trophy, Gr.2, Mercedes Benz Trucks H., Clairwood Spar KZN P., Rugby 5 H. Sire.
JUSTTHEWAYYOUARE (Fort Wood) 4 wins from 1600m to 2600m, R255,800, Turffontein Spook Express H., L, Vaal Racing Association H., 2d Vaal See You at Classic Day H. Dam of-
MALMOOS (Captain Al) Triple Crown Winner in South Africa in 2020-21. 7 wins from 1200m to 2450m, R1,489,600, Turffontein South African Classic, Gr.1, South African Derby, Gr.1, Gauteng Guineas, Gr.2, Kenilworth Concorde Cup, Gr.2, Turffontein Graham Beck S., Gr.3.
CAPTAIN SPLENDID (Captain Al) 4 wins at 1600m, 2400m, R810,625, Fairview East Cape Derby, Gr.3, Greyville Lonsdale Stirrup Cup, Gr.3, 2d Greyville Gold Vase, Gr.3, Fairview Algoa Cup, Gr.3, Durbanville Settlers Trophy, L, 3d Kenilworth Chairman’s Cup, Gr.3.
Fidelity (Captain Al) Winner at 1600m, 2d Kenilworth Cape Town Prawn Festival Day H. Dam of-
DUE DILIGENCE (Silvano) 2 wins-1 at 2-at 1000m, 1400m, R191,450, Turffontein Starling S., Gr.3, 2d Greyville Devon Air S., L, 3d Turffontein Fillies Mile, Gr.3.
GHAALLA (Var) 2 wins-1 at 2-at 1150m, 1600m, R398,875, Turffontein Fillies Mile, Gr.3, Happy St Patrick’s Day Juvenile P., 2d Turffontein South African Fillies Nursery, Gr.2, 3d Turffontein Johannesburg Spring Fillies & Mares Challenge, Gr.2, Starling S., Gr.3, Full Dividend No Limits Assessment P.
My Guiding Star. Winner at 1450m in South Africa. Dam of-
HASHTAGYOLO (Dynasty) 3 wins at 1600m, 1750m, R284,375, Greyville Flamboyant S., Gr.3, KZN Fillies Guineas Trial.
La Revere (Var) 2 wins-1 at 2-at 1000m, 1200m, 3d Greyville Debutante H., Gr.2. Dam of-
KARANGETANG (Erupt) 3 wins-2 at 2-at 1000m, 1100m, R399,375, to 2022-23, Turffontein Protea S., Gr.3, Storm Bird S., L, Vaal Racehorse Owners Association P., 2d Vaal Sophomore 1000, 3d Vaal Racing for You P., Turffontein Tab 4racing App P.
Vermentino. Unraced. Dam of-
FAVORITA (Gimmethegreenlight) 4 wins-2 at 2-to 1200m, R392,300, Fairview East Cape Fillies Nursery, L, 2d Kenilworth Sceptre S., Gr.2, Scottsville Poinsettia S., Gr.3-twice, Greyville Kwazulu-Natal S., L.
SECRET HEART (Fort Wood) 5 wins-2 at 2-at 1200m, 1400m, US$22,106, R302,835, Kenilworth Prix du Cap, L, 2d Greyville Golden Slipper, Gr.2, 3d Greyville Garden Province S., Gr.1, Kenilworth Paddock S., Gr.1, Cape Fillies Guineas, Gr.1, South African Fillies Guineas, Gr.1, Greyville Thekwini S., Gr.2. Dam of-
PLUCK (More Than Ready) 3 wins at 2, US$727,290, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf S., Gr.2, Woodbine Summer S., Gr.3, 4th Monmouth Continental Mile S., L. Sire.
THREE HEARTS (Hat Trick) 3 wins-1 at 2-from 8½f to 11f, US$282,173, Del Mar Red Carpet H., Gr.3, Keeneland Allowance, 2d Santa Anita Santa Ana S., Gr.2, Monmouth Little Silver S., L, 3d Santa Anita Santa Barbara H., Gr.3, Robert J Frankel S., Gr.3, Del Mar Red Carpet H., Gr.3, Colonial Downs Virginia Oaks, Gr.3, 4th Del Mar Kathryn Crosby S., L.
Secret Mission. Winner at 1200m in South Africa. Dam of-
HACK GREEN (Gimmethegreenlight) 4 wins-2 at 2-at 1100m, 1200m, R970,000, Greyville Umkhomazi S., Gr.2, Scottsville South Africa Million Sprint, Greyville Kas Govender Memorial S., 2d Scottsville Racing It’s a Rush P.
First Foals 2022