A good evening at the office was the way Dean Kannemeyer described Greyville Night Racing on 18 March after the in-form yard had registered yet another winning double from their Summerveld sattelite base.
Dean has enjoyed an extraordinary off-season run and one of the top strke-rates in the country but with the KZN Champions Seasoin just around the corner, the top flight competition will commence in earnest.
"I bolstered my local string with the arrival of some of my Champions Season prospects from Cape Town three weeks ago and the efforts by Cape Speed and Tripandie, as well as runner-up Tanjiro, who went so close, were most encouraging and bode well for a great few months ahead," said Dean.
The 3yo Tanjiro hhas been a model of consistency since wiinning his maiden and he took the promising looking Live On The Moon all the way to the wire in the MR 72 Handicap run over 1900m. "He is as honest and game as they come and his second win cannot be far off," said Dean.
Khaya Stables Ideal World gelding Cape Speed was next up over the same trip and coming out after a 9 week break.
While he took a while to find his feet, he eventually won the MR 91 Handicap going away.
"Dean removed the blinkers and he took his time to get going. He is not a genuine poly horse and will be lengths better on turf. He gave me a good feel and he is a 3yo to watch in the big season," said winning rider Anthony Delpech, who is off to ride at Meydan on Dubai World Cup night next Saturday.
The Kannemeyer-Delpech combination grabbed a quick double when the beautifully-bred Trippi gelding Tripandie stormed away from his field to win a 1200m MR 82 Handicap after a 42 week break.
It was an impressive win by the talented son of Trippi.
"He has had his issues and we expected that he would need this run. I am very pleased with his effort and we are hoping that he goes on from here – he is a very smart horse," said Dean.