Bass-Robinson’s July Plans

PUBLISHED: 11 June 2019

Freedom Charter (Candiese Marnewick)

Candice Bass-Robinson is to try again with her three fillies who failed to run up to form in the Allan Robertson at Scottsville and step them up to 1 400m in the Grade 2 Golden Slipper at Greyville on Vodacom Durban July day.

Roll In The Hay fared best of the trio in sixth but Vandah’s Spirit started joint second favourite and finished with only four behind her – she was reported by the course vet to be not striding out on her right fore – and Miss Honey finished last of 16, coming back with abrasions on her left fore.

Freedom Charter (Candiese Marnewick)
Freedom Charter (Candiese Marnewick)

Their trainer said: “It was a very rough race and Roll In The Hay suffered traffic problems four times over – she would have gone close otherwise. Vandah’s Spirit was hampered against the fence and didn’t enjoy the race at all while Miss Honey reared up in the pens, put her leg over the gate and got a cut on her knee.”

Little went right for the stable that day. Freedom Charter (tenth in the SA Fillies Sprint) suffered an epistaxis and was suspended for 60 days while Dutch Philip finished last but one in the Tsogo Sun Sprint.

Mrs Bass-Robinson said: “It was a disastrous day and very frustrating. Freedom Charter might run again at the end of the season, otherwise she will go to stud, while Dutch Philip has rather lost his way. He didn’t enjoy Scottsville and he will probably go and race in Port Elizabeth.”

The Milnerton trainer has her own yard adjoining Summerveld and with Marinaresco three years ago she went down in racing history as the first woman to train a July winner and, in all probability, the first to win the country’s greatest race in her first season. This term she has had more Cape Town two-year-old wins (13) than any trainer with the exception of Justin Snaith (14).

By Michael Clower