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SAf Colt Appears To Have Rivals On The Rack

Wednesday, 30th October 2013

South African colt Red Ray (Western Winter-Nacarat, by Pas de Quoi) proved he was the real deal when returning from a six-month absence to win the Gr3 Cape Classic at Kenilworth last Saturday, reports goldcircle.co.za. The 22-10 ($3.20) favourite, who has now won 4 of 5 starts, raced in the first two the whole way and drew clear from the 300m to score by 2.5-lengths under champion jockey Anton Marcus. "I was worried about the draw, his first time round the turn and that he might try to over-race. But not a bit of it," Marcus said. "He's a professional and he's good. He can gallop for a mile without needing cover and his acceleration in the straight was instantaneous." Trainer Joey Ramsden said he had few concerns about Red Ray's credentials leading into the race despite the long break between races. "He had been in training in Durban for three months before coming back three weeks ago and he was fit. He had to be - you can't come here and make a monkey out of yourself." Red Ray's next assignments are likely to be the R2 million Lanzerac Ready To Run Stakes at Durbanville on November 23 & the R1 million Gr1 Cape Guineas at Kenilworth on December 8.

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