Ballon D’Or can reward on debut

PUBLISHED: 07 October 2019

Warren Kennedy (Nkosi Hlophe)

I am certainly glad that this meeting is taking place tomorrow as I will be in the office with my colleagues watching stride for stride on the big TV! Some very good racing awaits and some horses competing at Turffontein Inside could end up going on to much greater things.

The starter will press his starting stalls button to send the first race field home at 12H10pm and they compete over 1 200m where there are a lot of horses starting their careers here and it would be advisable to keep an eye on the betting market. Ballon D’Or comes from a strong yard and could do well on debut.

Warren Kennedy (Nkosi Hlophe)
Warren Kennedy (Nkosi Hlophe)

Race two also sees quite a few first timers and again the betting could be the best guide but of the raced runners Cosmic Ray looks to be the one they all have to beat for Tarry and Strydom. This daughter of Dynasty impressed when finishing fourth on debut and with natural improvement could win!

Race three could go the way of Jockey Warren Kennedy – he rides Magic School who has really impressed thus far.

One cannot help get the feel that she has a lot more still to come.

Golden Belle made a smart winning debut and could be absolutely anything.

We could be in for a thrilling finish here but the Gary Alexander trainer daughter of Philanthropist is the narrow first pick.

In Race four which kicks off the Jackpot we see the unbeaten, talented and exciting son of Silvano, Al Mutawakel take his place. He has been rested since June but wow, he has impressed in all three of his wins and he is an exciting prospect for the coming season. Absolutely no shock to see him amongst the early entries for the Gauteng Summer Cup. Despite he may need this run, he could still get past the line first purely on ability. He excited me this horse and I will be following him with great interest.

Another horse that excited me takes his place in the very next event but this time it is from the bang in form Paul Peter yard and runs in the famous black and yellow silks of Mauritzfontein. This son of Byword called Riverstown really made a statement when making a winning debut and making his opposition look ordinary and there was a strongly fancied odds on in the race too!

He could go on to be anything and really looks an exciting prospect. I will be bankering him.

When I caught up with his Jockey Warren Kennedy soon after the Riverstown’s maiden win, I asked the in form rider what he thought and there was an immediate sparkle in the man’s eye!

Trainers Mike and Adam Azzie look to have a very strong hand in the sixth where all three of their runners have bright chances.

I have selected Oravar to win again. He charged home last time to win and win well. In the seventh, Approach Control, Zillzaal and Russian Beat are ones to include on the shortlist. Approach Control won well last time and can follow up. The yard is in form.

We don’t need to say too much about Warren Kennedy – go look at his stats!

A maiden event brings down the curtain at 16H20 where it would come as no shock at all to see the Habib team in the winners area with Our Man In Havana.

An exciting card awaits and whatever happens it could pay to follow some of these which could be top quality individuals into the season.

By Warren Lenferna