General Franco will make his eagerly awaited reappearance in the 1 200m Juvenile Plate at Kenilworth on Saturday and Jono Snaith reports that, with Richard Fourie at Greyville to partner last year’s Vodacom Durban July runner-up Made To Conquer in the World Sports Betting 1900, Greg Cheyne will ride the exciting Frankel colt.
The form of his debut win was given a hefty boost when Three Two Charlie, beaten three and a half lengths into second, romped home by almost as far in the Tabonline.co.za Maiden Juvenile Plate at Durbanville yesterday with Candice Bass-Robinson singing his praises as she celebrated Mother’s Day with a whole string of winners.
She said: “He is a lovely colt and he looks to me like he is pretty quick but he is quite lazy at home and he has taken a bit of time to come to hand.”
The Milnerton trainer and Bernard Fayd’Herbe made a clean sweep of the first three two-year-old races, courtesy of Roll In The Hay who swept to a five-length victory in the opener and Snow Report who pulled too hard for both his trainer and his jockey’s liking in the third. All three winners started at odds-on but the last one now has some serious tuition to come.
Mrs Bass-Robinson said: “I don’t want him to race like this. I would have preferred him to have had a bit of cover and in his next race I will have him dropped in and taught to settle.”
Fayd’Herbe added: “I was in two minds today. I didn’t want to get caught behind a couple of the others if I dropped him out. I knew he was the best horse in the race so I just used his class.”
Plans for the trio are fluid but the trainer said: “Features would be a possible but I will play it by ear with all of them.”
Mrs Bass-Robinson is now responsible for ten of the 42 races in Cape Town won by two-year-olds this season – Justin Snaith has also had ten and Vaughan Marshall seven – but her hopes of going into a clear lead with Elusive Rain in the fillies maiden juvenile were dashed when the 9-2 chance could manage only eighth behind the Glen Kotzen-trained Third Runway.
The 27-4 winner was ridden by Gavin Lerena on his first visit to Durbanville since 2012 when he was locked in a battle royal with Anton Marcus for the championship, a battle which ended painfully (for him) at Kenilworth on the final day of the season.
This winner was some compensation for Cedar Man managing only fifth in Saturday’s East Cape Derby and Lerena said: “I was expecting to win that but the horse didn’t travel great. I was in the box seat on Third Runway, though, and every time I asked her for an effort she gave it to me.”
The in-form Brett Crawford celebrated his second successive century when Hudoo Magic won at Scottsville but he had to sweat on an objection and a lengthy boardroom inquiry before he knew he had followed up with Indi Anna in the Tellytrack.com Handicap.
This meeting was put on at short notice to replace the scrapped election-day fixture and many owners and trainers praised the efficient way the gears were put in motion but it would not have happened at all but for representations made by Jono Snaith in his capacity as Western Cape Racing Association chairman. He is entitled to take a bow.
By Michael Clower