RASCALLION SHINES IN PINNACLE STAKES THRILLERDecember 2, 2021
Always the bridesmaid, never the bride, for much of his career thus far, the Vaughan Marshall trained Rascallion signalled his big race intentions with a courageous win in a pinnacle stakes at Kenilworth on Wednesday.
Making his second outing as a four-year-old Rascallion attracted plenty of pre-race betting support, with the gelding eventually starting the 13-10 tote favourite for Wednesday’s www.caperacing.co.za Pinnacle Stakes (1800m) -despite the fact his opposition included dual G1 Vodacom Durban July winner Do It Again.
Always up with the pace, under a confident ride from Anton Marcus, Rascallion hit the front 300m from home.
Under a strong ride from Marcus, Rascallion had to dig down deep to withstand a sustained challenge from a lively Do It Again, but the talented Rascallion pulled out a little bit more in the closing stages to score by a head.
RASCALLION (Vercingetorix – Sofala) and Anton Marcus were on grrrreat form today at #Kenilworth
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Do It Again lost nothing in defeat back in second, and finished two lengths clear of multiple graded stakes winner Doublemint (like Do It Again, a son of former European champion Twice Over).
A campaign at the G1 Cape Town Met is now on the cards for Rascallion, with the latter a possible contender for the G2 Premier Trophy.
The Vercingetorix’s gelding formline of three wins from nine starts is no reflection of his talent, with Rascallion having finished runner up in both the G1 Jonsson Workwear Cape Derby and G1 Daily News 2000 last season.