(24 July 2014)
Bernard Fayd’Herbe was over the moon with King Of Pain’s workout on the sand at Clairwood on Tuesday morning ahead of his race in the Gr1 Beach Beauty Champions Cup over 1800m at Greyville’s Super Saturday meeting this weekend.
The strapping Joey Ramsden-trained grey pulled clear of his companion and was clearly relishing the exercise. Upon returning, Fayd’Herbe couldn’t resist waving across the rings to his friend and, in this case, rival Justin Snaith and pointing at his mount.
Snaith has Readytogorightnow in the event and is also bullish. Readytogorightnow beat King Of Pain twice in Cape Town last season, in the Winter Guineas and Winter Classic and Ramsden and Fayd’Herbe will be itching for revenge.
Ramsden confirmed that King Of Pain was full of well-being. He said, “All is good and well. He had a rubbish July and that run can be ignored. Bernard is exceptionally happy with him. The conditions of the Champions Cup will be much more in his favour and he is better drawn.”
Fayd’Herbe is returning from a wrist injury and Ramsden said, “It is great to have him back.”
King Of Pain fulfilled the potential he always had when winning the Gr1 weight for age Rising Sun Gold Challenge over 1600m at Clairwood in June against a high class field. That was his second run with the blinkers back on and they remain on.
Ramsden has another Gr1 contender on the day and she is also a robust grey, the Tapit USA-bred filly Grey Light. He said, “She ran a smashing race on July day in the Golden Slipper, but although I know it sounds like a stupid thing to say we just used it as an educational race and if she ran well then good, and we will be doing very much the same thing for this race.”
Ramsden said he was just taking a chance with the Judpot colt Chestnut Chief in the third race, a Juvenile Plate over 1900m. On pedigree he has a chance of getting the trip as his half-brother Divine Jury won the Gr1 SA Classic over 1800m.
Ramsden’s other runner on the day is Disco Al, who runs in the Listed Darley Arabian over 1600m n the polytrack. He has won on the polytrack over 2000m at Fairview before and Ramsden said, “He was caught hopelessly wide on July day and although it’s short of his best I wouldn’t leave him out of things.”
PICK 6 MEGAPOOL - GREYVILLE SATURDAY
Carryover: R1.3 Million
Estimated Pool: R5 Million
TABGold will be paying 5 Places on the eLan Property Group Gold Cup (Race 7) to be run over 3200m at Greyville racecourse on Saturday July 26.
Estimated pools on Gold Cup day:
Race 2: BiPot 1 - Leg 1
Estimated pool R450 000
Race 3: Place Accumulator - Leg 1
Estimated pool R2.1 million
Race 4: Pick 6 - Leg 1 - carryover R1.3 million
Estimated pool R5 million
Race 5: Jackpot 1 - Leg 1
Etimated pool R1.4 million
Race 7: Quartet - carryover R100 000
Estimated pool R2.6 million.
Race 9: Jackpot 2 - Leg 1
Estimated pool R900 000
Race 12: Quartet carryover R50 000
Estimated pool R500 000
(24 July 2014)
Duncan Howells has a couple of good Gr1 chances on Super Saturday, where he runs One Cool Dude in the Beach Beauty Champions Cup over 1800m as well as Same Jurisdiction and Littleblacknumber in the Thekwini Stakes over 1600m.
He deliberately avoided running One Cool Dude on July Day as he wanted him fresh for this race and said, “It has ended up as a strong field anyway, but with the four point penalty he was given for the Cup Trial win he is now well weighted on official merit ratings. He has done well over this distance and has come on from his last two runs. He is fit and well in himself.”
He said about his Thekwini contenders, “Same Jurisdiction has surprised me race after race. What has impressed me is that her three races have been at different courses and she has run well everytime. It is not who she has beaten but how she has beaten them. She is improving all the time and is showing us at home that she is a very good filly. I expect her to be in the first three.
"I’m a little bit in the middle whether Littleblacknumber gets the 1600m as she tends to over race and the wide draw did her no favours in the Golden Slipper. Pole position will help but from what I’m seeing at home Same Jurisdiction is slightly better. I hope she can improve and run in the first four.”
He has three other runners on the day.
He said, “Perfect Circle should take to the polytrack in the first and shouldn’t be left out of any bets. The second over 1000m is a touch short for Indigo Child but she has enjoyed racing from off the pace at Greyville before and is very consistent, so should be included in quartets. Qahal’s Applause runs in the last over 1600m and his polytrack run last time was an improvement on his turf form, so if he can reproduce it he can be in the first three.”
(24 July 2014)
Geoff Woodruff deserves a change of Champions Season fortune at Gr1 level and has three chances to have it in the Super Saturday meeting at Greyville this weekend where he has third favourite Master Sabina in the eLan Property Group Gold Cup over 3200m and the joint-second favourite Tellina as well as the outsider Killua Castle in the Beach Beauty Champions Cup over 1800m.
Woodruff would have been confident of Master Sabina’s chances if he had qualified for the Vodacom Durban July and he duly won the consolation race, the tabGold 2200, in eyecatching style.
He said, “He came out of that race well. I’m not sure about the trip, we will find out on Saturday, but he is out of an Oaks winner so there is a fair chance.”
Woodruff said that the Vodacom Durban July fourth-placed Tellina had been doing “very well.”
He added, “He came out of the July well, is lovely and bright and is working well.”
He was drawn wide in the July, but it worked in his favour as he ended in a handy position in a race run at a crawl. This time he is drawn well in two and is the joint best horse in at the weights, according to official merit ratings, together with King Of Pain and One Cool Dude. Gavin Lerena keeps the ride.
Killua Castle arrived at Clairwood about two weeks ago and travelled well and is “very well.”
Woodruff said, “He may be out of his depth, but he is the type of horse that sometimes puts in a special run. It’s very competitive and might depend on who came out of the July the best.”
Woodruff runs the Gr1 Woolavington third-placed Touch The Sky as well as Love Vivien in the Gr2 Gold Bracelet over 2000m.
He said, “Anton (Marcus) has been riding Touch The Sky in work and she goes in fit and well and sound. The Garden Province was too short so we kept her back for this race and galloped her here at Clairwood instead and she did it very well. We’re guessing a bit with Love Vivien, but she was doing her best work late in the Garden Province (over 1600m) and if you take the first two out of that race, the form is not at all bad.”