Cape Town - A total of 11 entries were received on Tuesday for
the R1.5 million Grade 1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate to be run on Day 2 of
the LQP Festival on Saturday, January 5, 2019.
According to the Sportingpost website, recent Grade 2 Green Point Stakes winner Legal Eagle will be
bidding to match the irrepressible Pocket Power who won this prestigious mile
four times for Mike Bass in the first decade of this century.
The three horses who finished within a neck of the champion in the Green
Point Stakes are among the entries.
An interesting newcomer is Buffalo Bill Cody who will be leaving
Randjesfontein for Cape Town shortly after the four-year-old Irish-bred colt
turned in another dominating display in Pinnacle Stakes over 1 600m at
Turffontein on Monday.
Buffalo Bill Cody posted a three-length score over the highly-regarded,
Graded-placed Captain And Master, and made it look effortless.
De Kock said on his website, www.mikedekockracing.com: “I am pleased
with this run because Buffalo Bill Cody came from off the pace and won very
well, instead of racing handy early. He’s a good horse, his rating will
probably go up several pounds and he’s worth it. If all goes well, he and
Soqrat will take on the big guns in the Queen’s Plate.”
Asked how he thought his pair would shape, De Kock commented: “The
Queen’s Plate really is the race it’s hyped up to be, all the very best milers
are going be in there. The race will show us where we stand. It will be a contest
of truly top horses and it certainly is something to look forward to.”
If there is any line of form to be drawn through Captain and Master, it
is his second (beaten 1.25-lengths at level weights by Undercover Agent) in the
CTS Mile at Kenilworth on Sun Met Day in January 2018, which points to Buffalo
Bill Cody being right up there with the best.
It’s an old line of form, but even those are often confirmed and it will
give owner Mary Slack a degree of confidence that her exciting galloper by
Redoute’s Choice is right on a par, if not better, than his formidable
De Kock said that getting to Cape Town as soon as possible will allow
Buffalo Bill Cody to settle down and get to see the track like Mathew de Kock
did successfully with Soqrat before the Cape Guineas.
Entries received for 2019 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate:
Under number, horse, trainer, merit rating
11 Buffalo Bill Cody (IRE) Mike de Kock 108
7 Do It Again Justin Snaith 120
10 Hat Puntano (ARG) Joey Ramsden 112
1 Infamous Fox (AUS) Candice Dawson 103
8 Legal Eagle Sean Tarry 123
4 Mujallad (AUS) Mike de Kock 90
3 Rainbow Bridge Eric Sands 110
9 Snowdance Justin Snaith 114
2 Soqrat (AUS) Mike de Kock 118
6 Twist Of Fate Joey Ramsden 115
5 Undercover Agent Brett Crawford 120