Greyville Friday night moved to Clairwood Saturday
(12 December 2013)
Gavin van Zyl was still lamenting the bad luck that Along Came Polly suffered in last Saturday’s Grade 1 Avontuur Estate Fillies Guineas at Kenilworth, but the yard could earn a quick consolation by winning the Grade 2 Calulo Services Premier Trophy over 1 800m at the same course this Saturday where they run No Worries and Seal.
No Worries improved last season with the fitting of blinkers and a change in tactics. The four-year-old Kahal gelding enjoyed coming from off the pace when failing by a whisker in the Grade 1 Daily News 2000 and again when finishing fourth in the Vodacom Durban July.
It was therefore a surprise to see him taken to the front last time in the Grade 2 Green Point Stakes over 1 600m and, although he put in a gallant effort, he not surprisingly tired close to the line and was just run out of the first three.
Van Zyl soon confirmed that he had been unhappy with that ride and, with Piere Strydom now up, the team will likely revert to the preferred hold up tactics. He added that the strapping chestnut had not suffered any ill effects from that tough last race.
“He has done really well,” Van Zyl said. “He is looking a picture and working a treat and I expect him to run a big race. The blinkers had nothing to do with the way that last start panned out. He has been a better horse with blinkers on. He looks to be the one to beat if ridden properly.”
No Worries is officially the second best in at the weights behind Run For It and the latter might be “one run short” according to his trainer Justin Snaith.
No Worries is drawn well in six and proved in both the Daily News and the July that he can sustain a finish from a long way back, so the long straight of the Kenilworth new course should suit him.
Van Zyl was bullish about the gallant six-year-old Silvano gelding Seal. He said, “He is very, very well and I expect him to run a much improved race.”
He added that his last run on October 26, when going to the front over 1400m, had taken a bit out of him, so the yard hadn’t rushed him back to the course. He continued, “He is also working a treat and looking a picture, so he could easily find the money, especially if he reproduces his Jubilee win over this distance in June, when beating the subsequent July winner Heavy Metal.”
Van Zyl said that depending on how Seal runs on Saturday, he would either go for the J&B Met or otherwise the Grade 3 Cape Summer Stayers on December 21 and the Grade 2 J&B Reserve Stayers on Met day.
Looking back at last Saturday, Van Zyl said, “If we hadn’t had bad luck, we would have had no luck at all. Along Came Polly was first T-boned at the start, so was a lot further back than we had wanted to be. Then she couldn’t get a run in the straight.
“Anthony Delpech had no doubt that she would have won but for those incidents. It’s just a pity it had to happen in a Grade 1.”
Furthermore, the yard’s star sprinter Franny hit her head on the stalls in the Grade 2 Southern Cross Stakes, cutting both nostrils and knocking out a tooth. The Trippi filly was consequently left alone after the slow start, before running on in the latter stages.
Along Came Polly, who was last season’s Equus Champion two-year-old filly, will now go for the Grade 1 Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes over 1 800m at Kenilworth on January 11. “She was finishing best of all in the Guineas, so will have no problem with the 1 800m trip,” said Van Zyl about the classy Judpot filly.
He added that she would miss the Grade 1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes on J&B Met day as it is too close to the Grade 2 Gauteng Guineas, which forms the first leg of her main mission this season, the Triple Tiara. Franny will run in the Plattner Racing Laisserfaire Stakes on December 28 and Van Zyl said, “She will be a different horse provided she starts on terms.”
The Greyville Racemeeting scheduled for Friday night, 13 December 2013, has been moved to Saturday, 14 December 2013 at Clairwood Racecourse.
"Greyville is absolutely waterlogged at the moment and, provided the forecast for sunny weather on Friday and Saturday proves correct, the prospects for racing at Clairwood are certainly better," said Gold Circle's Racing and Marketing Executive Graeme Hawkins.
Gold Circle has also announced that the racemeeting scheduled for Friday night 20 December has been moved to Clairwood on Saturday 21 December.
"There is no sign of the rain letting up and we are doing everything in our power to try and save meetings. I would like to assure all racing's stakeholders that Gold Circle will play "catch-up" in terms of lost opportunities just as soon as the weather settles," added Hawkins.
The Clairwood race meeting scheduled for Sunday has been moved to Monday, December 16, in deference to former president Nelson Mandela’s official state funeral on Sunday.
SA RACING CALENDAR
Friday (13/12): Fairview
Saturday (14/12): Clairwood, Kenilworth, Turffontein,
Sunday (15/12): *No local racing
(12 December 2013)
Justin Snaith said Run For It may still need the run in Saturday’s Grade 2 Calulo Services Premier Trophy over 1 800m at Kenilworth, but added that he would not be surprised to see him fighting it out.
He said, “He is going well, but has taken a long time to come well. His coat hasn’t looked as good as it has before and he has taken a long time to get over the winter. We are getting there, but I have the feeling that he might be one run short.
“The race at Durbanville (October 5) proved to be a waste of time. It was run far from the season and he gained nothing from it, so I won’t make that mistake with any of my horses again.”
Run For It is one of two J&B Met entries Snaith has alongside Jet Explorer. He admitted that it had not been easy to get both horses as well as they had been in Durban.
“I had all of my horses very well in Durban, but have not had much luck with them back here. But there is still a long way to go before the Met. They are both fine and we are getting there, but there have been no fireworks yet.”
Run For It ran second in this race last year to Beach Beauty, but had an altogether different preparation than he has had this year.
Last year he returned from a ten month absence to run second to Capetown Noir in a Progress Plate over 1 400m a month before the Premier Trophy and went into the latter race full of well-being, despite only being an estimated “80% fit.”
Run For It was gelded after his disappointing Met effort back in February and this saw him finding a new lease of life, which culminated in him being one of the Vodacom Durban July favourites.
However, he failed by a 0,25 lengths to shake off his bridesmaid tag and is still without a Graded race win, despite three Grade 1 seconds as well as close-up third and fourth finishes in the Met. Stable jockey Richard Fourie rides Run For It on Saturday.
Snaith also has three entries in the Grade 3 Victress Stakes, a conditions event for fillies and mares over 1800m.
He said that all three of them, Petara, Count To Ten and Showdown, were just taking their chances in order to try and earn some black type, although he added: “Petara might surprise, she is an underrated filly,”
However, Fourie will partner Showdown, while Piere Strydom is aboard Petara and Aldo Domeyer rides Count To Ten.
All three of the fillies are well drawn, but have difficult tasks at the weights, being from 9,5kg to 10,5kg out at the weights with the best in, Jet Aglow, according to official merit ratings.
(11 December 2013)
Via Africa might not run in Cape Town again this season having been scoped after her disappointing effort in the Grade 2 Tony Taberer Southern Cross Stakes at Kenilworth on Saturday and being found to have a lung infection.
On the brighter side her stablemate One Cool Dude is very well ahead of his first big test in the Grade 2 Calulo Services Premier Trophy over 1800m at Kenilworth this Saturday.
Trainer Duncan Howells said about Via Africa, “If she had finished a clear second we could have said okay Fairyinthewoods is better than us, but what got to me was that she was beaten for second in her last two starts by two horses that were far inferior to her last season. Kevin (Shea) also said he was battling on her 800 metres out. So I had her scoped and her lungs were found to be full of mucous.
“The problem with lung infections is that the horse shows no sign of it until put under heavy stress.
“It is debateable whether she will run in Cape Town again this season. We can’t force the issue, so I might just bring her back (to Ashburton).”
The star four-year-old Var filly was unlucky not to be named Equus three-year-old champion last season and was widely expected to sweep all before her in this season’s Grade 1 sprints, including the Cape Flying Championship at Kenilworth in January, so this setback will be received as a major disappointment by her many fans.
Howells said about One Cool Dude, “His preparation has gone 100%.
“I was very happy with his gallop at the course on Wednesday last week. He is stepping up in class and is out at the weights, but this is his first real test.”
The four-year-old Strike Smartly colt has always struck as a classy sort.
He has a fantastic turn of foot and has often been seen to sustain a strong finish all the way to the line, so he should be suited to the New Course with its long straight.
Since his disappointing unplaced debut when well backed, One Cool Dude has reeled off four wins in seven starts.
He has been second in all three of his other races, including when demoted after an objection in one of them.
One Cool Dude will jump from a plum draw of two and Kevin Shea rides. Shea has won on him twice, including last time out over this same distance on the Old Course, when the horse quickened well from midfield and won cosily under a hands and heels ride.
One Cool Dude will have more than a few supporters on Saturday.