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Buffalo Bill Cody set to charge the 'The Eagle' at Queen's Plate

2018-12-19 14:25
Legal Eagle (File)

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 opposition.

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

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