Dean Kannemeyer won the country’s premier staying event, the Grade 1 Gold Cup, last year with the six-year-old Argentine-bred gelding In Writing, who gave jockey Felix Coetzee a record eighth victory in the race. He also won it at the turn of the century with Colonial Girl.
He spoke to David Thiselton of the Racegoer earlier this week.
This year he runs Blake, who finished a 1,5 length third last year.
Kannemeyer believes that the handicapper cost Blake victory last year, explaining: “He won the Lonsdale Stirrup and got three points and then finished second in the July consolation 2 200 and was given another two points.
“He’s never really been competitive since then, but the handicapper has finally dropped him by those two points.
“He‘s had a beautiful preparation and looks to have Kolkata and Knight To Remember held on their Gold Vase meeting.
“He loves Greyville and has never run a bad race there. It’s not going to be easy with 58kg, but he’s definitely got a chance.”
Blake, a small but courageous six-year-old gelding by Dynasty, has draw 13 to overcome, which is a lot tougher than his pole position draw last year and a tad more difficult than the winner In Writing’s draw of eleven last year.
“If you have a bad draw, you just hope they go a nice pace,” said Kannemeyer.
Blake will be ridden by his regular pilot Karl Neisius.
Kannemeyer gave his runner in the fourth race over 2 400m, the topweight Mainspring, a chance.
“He was just touched off last time (over 1 900m). He stays well and is in very good shape. He never runs a bad race.”
The yard’s four-year-old Captain Al filly Bermuda Sloop will be making her last appearance at the races in the eleventh race over 1 400m and will then be covered by Dynasty.
Kannemeyer said, “She ran well last time and is doing well. “I have left her to freshen up for her swansong.”
Prior to In Writing's victory last year, Dean previously won the Natal Wholesaler Jewellers Gold Cup in 2000 with the daughter of On Stage, Colonial Girl, ridden by Glen Hatt.