SATURDAY’s R400 000 Gr2 Selangor Cup over 1600m promises to be a cracking contest between Mike de Kock’s three-year-old Al Fahad and Joey Ramsden’s Table Bay.
Ramsden has won four of the last five renewals and has another bright prospect on his hands in the Australian-bred Table Bay, who won the Langerman by a nostril to end his 2yo term in style, but then announced his arrival when blowing them away to win the Cape Classic at the end of October.
Redoute’s Choice, sire of Table Bay and Al Fahad.
Table Bay is rated 7kgs superior to Al Fahad, but Mike’s runner is fast on the upgrade too and he arrived in Cape Town on Wednesday. “Both Al Fahad and Smart Mart (Kenilworth Cup) travelled well, they ate up,” reported assistant trainer Nathan Kotzen.
Al Fahad, like Table Bay, is a son of Redoute’s Choice and he is unbeaten after two starts. He beat subsequent Graham Beck Stakes winner Doosra over 1200m on debut and then stepped up to 1450m for another good win.
“Al Fahad is a very nice, quality horse, we’re looking forward to the race,” said Mike. Mathew and Diane de Kock will be flying to Kenilworth to take care of the formalities.
-extracts from Sporting Post.