The training partnership of Harold Crawford and Michelle Rix look to have a hugely exciting three-year-old on their hands in the form of Kommetdieding.
The latter made it four wins from four starts when running out a convincing winner of the G3 Politician Stakes (1800m) at Kenilworth on Saturday.
Despite trying the distance for a first time, and facing his toughest task to date, Kommetdieding was sent out a well backed 22-10 tote favourite.
Nicely placed under a well judged ride from Sihle Cele, Kommetdieding settled midfield as a muddling pace was set first by Kaptein (20-1) before Fast Love (55-1) took over.
Cele was biding his time, and launched his challenge down the middle of the course, with Kommetdieding hitting the front 150m from home. With luckless Cape Guineas third Rascallion (14-10) failing to quicken as expected, it was left to the quietly fancied Legitimate (8-1) to make of a race of it, but Kommetdieding had enough in hand to go on and score by a length and a half.
Legitimate did his Derby hopes no harm back in second spot, with Rascallion finishing a rather one paced third, two and three quarters off the impressive winner.
Owned by Ashwin Reynolds, Kommetdieding claimed the 2021 Politician Stakes in a time of 110.61 seconds.
My Bestie fell just as the field turned for home, but fortunately was back on his feet and appeared uninjured afterwards.
Winner of the Klawervlei Farm Sale Graduate Race on debut, Kommetdieding was a R55 000 buy from the 2019 Klawervlei Farm Sale.
The Elusive Fort colt, now unbeaten in four starts, took his earnings to R321 000 with his first graded win on Saturday.
South Africa’s latest racing sensation is out of the Captain Al mare Adorable, a three time winner up to 1450m who finished second in the Listed Gardenia Handicap.
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