The Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum owned Malmoos stamped himself a likely contender for the upcoming G1 Cape Guineas when he scored a cosy victory in the G2 Avontuur Estate Concorde Cup (1600m) at Kenilworth racecourse on Saturday.
In the process, the Mike de Kock trained Captain Al colt took his unbeaten record to four, with Malmoos having claimed the G3 Palacebet.co.za Live Games Graham Beck Stakes at his penultimate start.
The unbeaten colt, sent off 4-10 tote favourite, was all the rage for the Concorde Cup despite the fact that Malmoos was making his first start outside of Gauteng.
Under a fine ride from apprentice Luke Ferraris (who has ridden Malmoos in each of his four starts), Malmoos jumped out nicely and tracked the front running My Bestie (75-1) throughout the running.
When Ferraris asked the question, Malmoos hit the front 100m from home and kept going strongly to hold off a strong challenge from recent G3 Cape Classic runner up Linebacker (12-1) and score by half a length.
The game runner up, wide in the early stages, finished a length and a quarter clear of Linebacker’s fast finishing stablemate Rascallion (another by inform sire Vercingetorix).
Bred by Varsfontein Stud, Malmoos claimed his biggest win to date in a time of 97.69 seconds.
The well bred colt, a full-brother to dual G3 winner Captain Splendid, was a R4 400 000 buy from the 2019 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
Malmoos’ Spook Express Handicap winning dam Justthewayyouare, a Fort Wood daughter of Equus Champion Promisefrommyheart, is a half-sister to Varsfontein’s promising stallion, and G2 Premier Trophy winner, Master Of My Fate.