Kenilworth Wednesday Tips and Race Previews
PUBLISHED: June 19, 2019
Kenilworth Wednesday June 19 Tips and Race Previews by Warren Lenferna…
Kenilworth Wednesday Tips and Race Previews by Warren Lenferna
Preview: KELPIE (4) is a well bred filly for Brett Crawford / Anton Marcus and connections – she could be worth including in most bets on debut – watch the betting – she could be anything. EVENING SONG (1) finished third on debut and has tons of scope to improve, so much so, that she could even win today – big runner. YUCATAN (11) showed some improvement second time out and should not be a maiden for too much longer. (Warren Lenferna 4-1-11)
Preview: LINDA LOVES LACE (7) is knocking loudly at the door and looks hard to beat. STELLA’S STORY (8) ran a fair race finishing fourth on debut and with natural improvement can get a lot closer today – huge respect. CAMINO PALMERO (3) although might be best over further, is well bred and could place on debut – include in the quartet. (Warren Lenferna 7-8-3)
Preview: CALYPSO BEAT (6) is by Querari whose progeny are doing seriously well. She is for Brett Crawford and Anton Marcus. Watch the betting as she could have talent and could go close to winning on debut. LA DE DA (7) represents a powerful trainer and jockey combination. She is well bred and could also be anything and run very well on debut. SIXTEEN BARS (9) has a place chance. (Warren Lenferna 6-7-9)
Preview: KHOPESH (7) showed encouraging improvement second time out when tried over 1400m. He now gets the mile and a positive draw. If he improves again (no reason why he shouldn’t) he could be a very hard horse to peg back and has therefore been made the confident first choice. Stable mate NORFOLK PINE (4) is the exacta choice and TURN IT UP HARVEY (11) can improve to find a place and could be the value in the race. (Warren Lenferna 7-4-11)
Preview: KNIGHTS TEMPLAR (1) won nicely last time and has been selected to follow up. SIX DEGREES (7) showed in his post maiden run that he needs to be taken seriously in future – he should run very well and is a must for most bets. MAGIC MIKE (4) cannot be ignored but the other two are preferred for the win. (Warren Lenferna 1-7-4)
Preview: PERCIVAL (3) is in tremendous winning form and looks set to continue that way. His last win was particularly workmanlike! GREEN JACKET (7) comes into the race with a light weight and his overall form is solid – he should be threatening all the way home. LORD BALMORAL (1) has been a little disappointing of late as his form suggests but he has ability and is an attractive horse – he could place at decent odds here and is worth including and to be given another chance. (Warren Lenferna 3-7-1)
Preview: It is hard for a two year old to take on older rivals but with no disrespect to the older horses in this race – they fall into the what you see is what you get category and this is why I have gone for KING OF GEMS (2) to win this. He is nicely bred and has tons of scope – he won well on debut and ran a good race last time. KALAHARI NINJA (1) and SILVER LEAGUE (3) have solid place chances and must be included in the trifecta and quartet. (Warren Lenferna 2-1-3)
Preview: PRETTY YOUNG THING (12) despite the deep draw has bright winning claims – it will not be easy taking on older rivals but she looks to be talented and progressive. FOREST FIELD (1) nearly won last time and is one for the shortlist – she should free herself from the maiden ranks soon – if not today. POLLY’S DESTINY (3) is another that fits into the same category as Forest Field. (Warren Lenferna 12-1-3)
PUBLISHED: June 18, 2019
The famous eccentric detailed her extraordinary lifestyle, centred on wild animals treated as pets, in her two volumes of autobiography…
The funeral of Pat O’Neill, who died a week ago at the age of 93, will take place at Doves Funeral Parlour in Somerset West at 2.00pm on Thursday.
The famous eccentric detailed her extraordinary lifestyle, centred on wild animals treated as pets, in her two volumes of autobiography A Lion In The Bedroom and A Chimpanzee in the Wine Cellar while those that other people treat as pets were elevated to almost human status. People invited for afternoon tea were apt to find that a host of cats were also on the guest list and had at least equal rights to everything on the table.
She played a significant part in racing. She moved from Kenya to join her mother, the Countess of Kenmare, at the Broadlands Stud on the N2 in the late 1960s and the stallions they stood included the St James’ Palace Stakes winner Averof and Royal Prerogative, a tough campaigner who reached far higher levels as a stallion than suggested by his racecourse performances. He was several times champion sire, 13 times champion broodmare sire and his 60 stakes winners embraced 25 Grade 1 horses including Royal Chalice and the Met winner Mark Anthony.
Pat and her mother were also regular importers of mares from Australia. She rode in races and had considerable success as a trainer. Cape Town punters nicknamed her Mama Marysa after her champion Marysa whose long winning career proved profitable for backers. Other notables that she trained included Swan River, Miss Lindeman, Rose Bay and Mexican Summer and her achievements are commemorated in a montage of photographs on the second floor of the Kenilworth grandstand – an honour reserved for the likes of Terrance Millard, Mike Bass, Peter Kannemeyer, Laurie and Jean Jaffee, and Graham and Rhona Beck.
By Michael Clower
Opensea to get off the mark
PUBLISHED: June 18, 2019
Opensea will not be running in the fourth at Scottsville today, rather the horse named after him and fittingly trained by Van Zyl…
David Payne, a top jockey in his youth before turning his hand to training, left an indelible mark on horse racing in South Africa with some of today’s top trainers and jockeys passing through his Summerveld yard before he upped stake and moved to Sydney, Australia where his talents were quickly recognised. He is currently one of the leading trainers based at Randwick.
All will tell you that Payne was a difficult man to work for, demanding dedication and perfection and if you were not up to the mark you were quickly shown the door. Duncan Howells and Peter Muscutt were two to pass the Payne school of training while on the riding front, Jeff Lloyd and Kevin Shea were graduates, to name but a few.
Payne was also one of the first trainers to have a black assistant in Opensea Mhlamvu, now long-time assistant to Gavin van Zyl after Payne’s departure.
Opensea will not be running in the fourth at Scottsville today, rather the horse named after him and fittingly trained by Van Zyl. The son of Pomodoro has not been out of the money since joining Van Zyl from the Highveld and was a close-up second when running on late behind Sovereign Spirit over a mile on today’s course. He goes 1950m for the first time and Warren Kennedy stays with the ride.
Dennis Bosch’s runner, What A Blast, was a length behind Opensea when they last met and with the worst of the draw that form is likely to be franked. A further threat could be the year older World Cruise. Frank Robinson’s charge is proven over ground and with Bernard Fayd’herbe in mustard form, World Cruise is a must for all exotics.
Born To Perform, the lightly raced son of former Vodacom Durban July winner Dancer’s Daughter, may not be as talented as his dam but he is no slouch and may yet prove himself in feature company. He has won two of his three starts, his defeat a narrow one from a wide draw to the useful GG’S Dynasty who lines up in the sixth.
Bosch has declared blinkers on Born To Perform and given his pedigree he should relish the step up in trip.
GG’S Dynasty is a diminutive son of the recently deceased champion sire Dynasty but what he lacks in stature he makes up for in heart as he showed with two narrow recent wins. He bids for a third on the bounce in the sixth and encouragingly, Anton Marcus has jumped ship from the consistent Collabro who – on paper anyway – should be able to turn the tables given that he is 5.5kg better off in the handicap and beaten less than a length by GG’S Dynasty when the two last met over course and distance.
Making his turf debut and a possible threat to both is The Master. Dennis Drier’s charge made a winning handicap debut, beating the older and in form Zanzibarian albeit narrowly. He has the best of the draw here and gets lumps of weight from the top two.
Winter Blues is another that has not been hampered by his diminutive size, having scored five wins for Louis Goosen, four of those on the trot. It will be a year, almost to the day, since his last win and he has dropped 12 pounds in the handicap since then. He now looks competitive again off his new mark, finishing less than a length behind Kingsmead over course and distance at the end of last month. He also takes a big drop in class and although he takes a corresponding rise in weight, he looks primed for a sixth win.
The last, a lowly fillies and mares handicap, could be lucky for some, but more likely a misery for most. It is a tricky race but Michael Roberts could hold the key in Be Happy. She showed good pace in the recent work riders’ race and prior to that was a close-up second on the Greyville poly. With the work rider replaced by champion jockey Lyle Hewitson, she should be good for an extra couple of lengths.
But the list of possible winners is a long one. Linear is the current luke-warm ante-post favourite at 9-2 with Be Happy and Starlight bracketed on 11-2.
By Andrew Harrison
Barahin to stake his claim
PUBLISHED: June 14, 2019
Annatjie looks the one to beat in the second from pole position over 1600m. She stayed on well when going handy from a wide draw over 1450m last time…
The nine race meeting at Turffontein Inside track tomorrow starts with a Maiden Juvenile Plate over 1600m.
The Mike de Kock-trained Vercingetorix gelding Vaseem made a good debut over 1200m against older mixed maidens and was a bit short of room in the latter stages when in a threatening position. He now has a good draw over a step up in trip he should relish and Anton Marcus is up, so he looks the one to beat. Steak And Ale ran well third time out when stepped up to this trip, just failing after being green and producing a late rattle. He has scope for improvement and is a threat from a good draw. On My Mind was a touch outpaced late over 1400m last time when run out of it and he should relish the step up in trip.
Annatjie looks the one to beat in the second from pole position over 1600m. She stayed on well when going handy from a wide draw over 1450m last time but was caught be a flying Lady Defiance. She should prefer this trip and has the advantage of a 4kg claimer up. Irish Dame caught the eye running on well over this trip on debut and she only finished three-quarters of a length behind Annatjie that race, so has a shout here, although she has to contend with another wide draw. Flagship Fund beat Annatjie over this trip when they last met down the straight but she has a wide draw to overcome. Escape To Victory also has a form chance and is well drawn. Diorama could improve too over this trip and has Marcus up.
In the third over 1450m Arabian Air just failed from the front in his first run on the Highveld over this course and distance and he should have come on from that run. He is the best weighted horse in this Assessment Plate. Crown Guardian has class and should enjoy the step up in trip and will be a big threat and Flash Burn can also make it onto a trifecta position.
In the first leg of the Pick 6 over 1200m Orchid Street has a nice stride and is knocking on the door over this trip. Endangered can also be included as this gelding has substance and plenty of scope for improvement and he is drawn in pole over a step up in trip he should enjoy.
In the first leg of the Jackpot over 1200m the two-year-old Frankel filly Lagertha can improve on her good course and distance debut from a slightly better draw and with Marcus now up. Britannia Queen and Notquitethereyet look to be the dangers.
It gets tricky from then on as the handicaps start. In the sixth race Rocky Night is a decent sort and he is drawn in pole over an ideal 1450m trip. The filly Gimme Hope Johanna can’t be ignored here as a consistent, course and distance suited horse.
In the seventh race over 1600m Silver Spectrum is a progressive sort who looks the one to beat. Kings Archer is off an attractive mark and Eurostorm makes some appeal.
Anneka, Jamra and Pale Lilac all have ability and could fight out the eighth over 1600m.
In the last race Hareer is no great shakes but should be improving being by Silvano and she should enjoy the step back up to the trip of her maiden win. She is drawn in pole too and can beat Ruby Dancer and Sans Regrets.
By David Thiselton
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Soqrat can make amends
PUBLISHED: June 14, 2019
With 62kg on his back, the Justin Snaith-trained Kasimir has a big task ahead of him but he comes from a very much in form stable…
Top weights Kasimir and Bold Respect are the class horses in today’s Gr2 Post Merchants but being a handicap, this race has a reputation of throwing up a surprise package or two so punters are advised to take a wide view of the field. These two are the only runners quoted in single figures with 10-1 bar so there is plenty of value if you can find one to beat them.
With 62kg on his back, the Justin Snaith-trained Kasimir has a big task ahead of him but he comes from a very much in form stable and his Cape form is strong. He appears to have come into his own as a late four-year-old, winning three of his last four starts including the Gr1 Cape Flying Championship and Gr3 Diadem Stakes.
The one chink in his armour may be the three-month break since his last race and he will need to be sharp to win this one and Snaith may just have the Gr1 WFA Mercury Sprint in mind as his ultimate goal for the season.
Bold Respect, on the other hand, a well beaten fourth in the Diadem but not far back in any of his meetings with Kasimir, has had a blow-out this winter, finishing under two lengths back to Chimichuri Run in the Gr1 Tsogo Sun Sprint. He is in receipt of 2kg from Kasimir and with a run under his girth Brett Crawford’s runner could put one over his nemesis.
Take out the top two and you have a race on your hands. Last year’s winner Sniper Shot has been winless since and was among the longer priced runners that evening. Given his current form one is hard-pressed to make out a solid case for Paul Lafferty’s runner and a better proposition could be the filly Green Plains. Sean Tarry is a master at planning and peaking his horses for the right races and at around 25-1 in the current market Green Plains looks fair value for money.
She has been dropping steadily in the handicap and although down the field in the recent Gr1 SA Fillies Sprint, she did not have the best of luck in the running. Tonight, she has a plum draw and a handy galloping weight and Lyle Hewitson will get the best out of her.
Barrier trials are not every trainer’s want but just as in any race, if one can read between the lines, they are a valuable tool in a punter’s armoury.
Dean Kannemeyer generally has a better type horse in his yard than most and Captain Elliodor turned in an eye-catching barrier trial. Although only a neck in front of his nearest ‘trialist’ he could hardly go slow enough for the rest to keep up.
Bookmakers were quick to cotton on and Captain Elliodor is currently joint favourite in the ante-post market with the already exposed Land Of Mystery. Also in the mix for the opening leg of the Pick 6 is Thomas Shelby, a beaten favourite last run but possibly a better proposition over the extra two furlongs.
Johan Janse van Vuuren saddles Thomas Shelby and he has a chance of a quick double with Ultra Boost in the next.
A lightly raced three-year-old, he has been tossed in at the deep end as he takes on some salted opposition having only had a barrier trial after a five-month break. It may be a bit much to ask but he does appear to have some scope and with only 49.5kg to should courtesy of claiming apprentice Jason Gates, he could have enough gas in the tank.
By Andrew Harrison
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