Jack Milner: Trainer Candice Bass-Robinson is on the mark when she says the Grade 1 Cartier Paddock Stakes over 1800m at Kenilworth on Saturday is the strongest line-up seen for some time.
All of Captain’s Ransom, She’s A Keeper, Princess Calla, Marina, Pretty Betty and Chansonette have won or been placed in Graded races.
Justin Snaith-trained Captain’s Ransom is a strong favourite and her form is outstanding – up to 1600m. Of course, she has yet to race further than that so she is an unknown quantity but that does have to be a concern.
In 10 outings, there are only two blemishes on her record. She was touched off in the Listed Irridescence Stakes over 1500m in her third starts and finished unplaced in the Grade 1 Garden Province Stakes over 1600m at Greyville.
The rest of her card is flawless.
She has the ability to turn it on so quickly that she leaves the rest of the field in her wake, and even if she does not see out 1800m, she may get so far clear the pack won’t be able to reel her in before the line.
Richard Fourie takes the ride.
Her main danger could be Marina as she definitely stays. In fact, Bass-Robinson’s concern is this race could be a touch short.
“This is certainly the strongest field she’s taken on, but I rate my filly,” she said. “She’s an improving filly, but 1800m could be a touch sharp so she needs a fair pace.”
Which is why Bass-Robinson has put Jet For Time in the field as she wants to snuff out a possible Cape Crawl.
Marina, a full sister to Durban July winner Marinaresco, is getting better with age and she has a record of eight wins and three places from 13 runs. Unlike Captain’s Ransom, the daughter of Silvano takes a while to get going but once she does, she runs them down quickly. Aldo Domeyer takes the ride.
Adam Marcus-trained Princess Calla would love to see the back of Captain’s Ransom. Unfortunately, that’s all she has seen of her rival in three of their four meetings, but she did get the edge in the Garden Province Stakes. She also will enjoy the extra 200m and is not without a chance, especially with Uncle Anton in the irons.