Caprese won a sprint race at Mysore during August in
splendid fashion and though trainer Jaggy Dhariwal and
the connections had the inkling of what to expect from
her, they persisted racing her over a mile where her
speed was blunted and she did not live up to
expectations. At the beginning of the winter season,
Caprese had the beating of Holding Court over seven
furlongs and later she confirmed her class getting the
better of Hesperus in a thriller over an identical
distance. Only four three-year olds in Bangalore
enjoyed the rating of over 50 in August last year and
they were Holding Court, Mystical, Caprese and
Hesperus and all these four horses have proved to be
Darius Byramji trained Iberian had more takers than
Caprese to win the Sprinters Trial Stakes. Iberian had
won all her outings in brilliant fashion and her win
in the highest class where she won without being
extended perhaps exaggerated her abilities as she had
not taken on the likes of Caprese while winning.
Though she was graduating into the highest bracket,
Iberian was still expected to prove her mettle.
Iberian led the field from the word `go’, with Caprese
close in attendance, followed by Opera Queen and the
rest. Caprese easily sailed past the front-runner in
the final furlong and won decisively while Opera Queen
finished on strongly snatching the runner up spot.
Splendid Smith came up with a good stretch run to
finish third ahead of Iberian. Caprese will now be a
frontline contender for the Gr 1 Sprinters Cup which
will be one of the highlights of the Invitation Cup
weekend races to be held in the first week of March.
Caprese is from the second crop of Burden of Proof.