th Cape finally recorded his tenth career win for the Heart of the South racing syndicate when running on in his usual game fashion to narrowly score under a strong ride by the promising young apprentice Ned Curtis at Kempton last week.
Although no longer at his peak which saw him regularly representing the team in valuable handicaps at grade one tracks, his resolute attitude stood him in good stead and he landed a minor gamble for connections who understandably hold the 10-year-old with great affection. He was bred by the syndicate manager, John Penny, and his wife at their Framfield paddocks, and is out of their long standing broodmare Aunt Ruby who has produced a number of individual winners in her time. John said: “We retired South Cape last autumn but his trainer wanted to keep him as a schoolmaster for his young jockeys. He was going so well at home we decided to run him and we’re delighted.”
He added: “With Fruity O’Rooney also running such a brave second at Cheltenham, Heart of the South is in great form and we’ve got a super bunch of horses for the flat this summer as well.
“New members are always welcome and the future looks bright for everyone connected.”
The win of South Cape and the excellent performance of Fruity O’Rooney confirmed the excellent form of their trainer, Gary Moore, which I mentioned last week – and he also registered a big win at Cheltenham over the weekend when Vino Griego won a valuable novice handicap chase under the trainer’s son Jamie. Vino Griego has not always been considered the most resolute of characters but the manner in which he ploughed through the heavy ground to win by 19 lengths indicates he may have turned the corner. Jamie Moore spoke post race on his partner’s performance: “I thought we had a chance and I rode him a bit different; I took my time.
“I’ve called him names myself but he does enjoy his racing and hopefully he’ll build on that now.”