The manner of Depardieu’s victory in the Cape Nursery, following on a first-time-out win and a close second, suggests that he’s a promising sort. Trainer Dean Kannemeyer will now be planning his campaign around an attempt at the Cape Guineas later in the year.

Depardieu’s dam is a half-sister to multiple Queen’s Plate winner Winter Solstice, as well as to the dam of Cape Derby winner Bravura. His grandam is a half-sister to the dam of another Queen’s Plate winner, in Mother Russia. His sire, Dupont, won Guineas’ in Italy and Germany, so Depardieu should not have any difficulty in seeing out the 1600m trip.