(01 September 2014)
Justin Snaith will have his first runner outside South Africa next year when In The Fast Lane races for him in England.
The four-year-old, winner of last season’s Avontuur Estate Cape Fillies Guineas and Woolavington, went into quarantine last Friday and will spend the mandatory 90 days in Mauritius before being flown to Britain.
Snaith said today: “She will have the winter in the UK and then we will race her there next season with me as the trainer. It’s very exciting.”
The champion trainer confirmed that others in his string will follow and in the meantime he is to open a satellite yard in Johannesburg next May to enable him to plunder the big prizes at Turffontein.
He explained: “They won’t allow us to have any more stables in Port Elizabeth so I have to look elsewhere. It’s getting harder in PE every month but at this stage I plan to keep the operation there. I will have 26 boxes in Jo’burg.”
Legislate is bound for export rather than Johannesburg, after running in the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and the J & B Met, but he is still on the easy list after his rough passage when winning the Vodacom Durban July.
Snaith said: “We are taking our time with him and he is not yet back working. People don’t realise just how hard a race he had in the July. His legs were very sore afterwards with all the bumping and interference he suffered. There are no plans yet but he will probably start off in something like the Jet Master Stakes at Kenilworth on 20 December.”
(01 September 2014)
Double Whammy is set to put her soaring reputation on the line in the Lanzerac Diana Stakes at Durbanville on 4 October after scoring in great style on her handicap debut at Kenilworth on Sunday.
She was backed from 4-1 to 16-10 favourite, raced in the first two throughout and drew away from over a furlong out to win easing up and complete a Glen Kotzen-Greg Cheyne treble.
Cheyne said: “When I asked her to quicken it was instantaneous. She could be anything but she gives you a classic feel.”
Kotzen , who had complained to Matthew Lips about her 88 rating, added: “The handicapper is probably laughing at me now! She has done hardly any work but she is a super filly and we hope to have her for the good races this season. She looks like a sprinter but we think she will be at least a miler and we are going to look at the Diana Stakes next.”
De Kock, who beat Vodacom Durban July winner Legislate in last year’s Selangor, is on the way back after fracturing his near-fore knee in the Grand Parade Cape Guineas and has been entered for an allowance plate at Kenilworth on Saturday.
Brett Crawford said: “He is doing very well but I want to find something a bit nearer the Kuda Insurance Matchem on 4 October. I will see what there is but if the worst comes to the worst we will run on Saturday and treat it as a gallop.”
Blarney Bay definitely sidesteps the race with Mike Robinson explaining: “He has too much weight and he will run instead in a mile handicap at Durbanville on 10 September as he is drawn three. If the ground is a bit firmer by then it will help him to see out the trip but I’m still upset that last Wednesday’s race had to be cancelled because that was his best chance of winning.”
Heartland, Jackson’s full brother who was so impressive on last month’s debut, is one of seven Justin Snaith entries for the Sophomore Sprint but he will wait for the six week Durbanville stint to end before running again.
Snaith said: “We have had too much rain and at the moment the ground is too soft. I will use the interim to school him round the turn.”
(01 September 2014)
Brutal Force, the highest-priced horse ever sold at public auction in South Africa, makes his debut in the opening maiden at Kenilworth on Wednesday. Bernard Fayd’Herbe rides.
Joey Ramsden said: “He has been doing well and he will run well but he will need a race before he can win.”
The full brother to Red Ray was bought by Markus Jooste for R1.5 million at last year’s CTS Premier Yearling Sale and was then put into the Durbanville Ready To Run Sale in order to qualify him for the R2 million Lanzerac Ready To Run Stakes in November. Jooste had to go R4.5 million to outbid Mike Azzie and Adriaan van Vuuren.
Weichong Marwing makes a rare visit to Kenilworth on Wednesday. Apart from three trips in the 2011/12 season (Met, Queen’s Plate and international jockeys match) it will be his first time at the Cape Town course for seven seasons.
Three of his seven booked mounts ran on Saturday but he still has Rebel’s Girl and Boston Celtic for Adam Marcus, Deon Visser’s Interface Ace and Chester’s Wish for Joey Ramsden for whom he won the Majorca on Sarabande ten years ago.
Marcus said: “He hasn’t ridden for me before and the last time he rode one of ours was on Jay Peg in Dubai and the horse was with Herman Brown at that stage. But it will be great to have him.”