WHISTLE Stop was well placed and given every chance in Saturday’s Gr1 Grand Parade Cape Guineas at Kenilworth, but he was again beaten for pace over the last 400m of the race, proving beyond much doubt that he would be better suited to more ground.
Whistle Stop was not disgraced in a top field and stayed on to finish 5.45-lengths behind the surprise winner, Elusive Gold (photo), who beat his stable companion Captain America in a close finish, giving trainer Brett Crawford a one-two in this prestigious race.
Mike has not yet commented on Whistle Stop’s immediate future – he has been entered for the J&B Met and from what we’ve seen will be well suited to 2000m, but the stable may decide to send him back to Johannesburg. (We will publish Mike’s comments shortly, keep checking website).
Wisdom Stone (red cap), holds on to win.
The stable had a winner at the Clairwood meeting, when Mary Slack’s Dalakhani filly Wisdom Stone fought on gamely to win her 1450m Maiden by a short-head.
“I though she was beaten when a few horses headed us, but she rallied back nicely. She’s limited, but can win again over a bit further,” said jockey Warren Kennedy, who rode a good race.