Van Rensburg raring to go
PUBLISHED: August 4, 2020
David Thiselton Marco van Rensburg is pushing to be back by September 1 after breaking a clavicle (collar bone) in a fall at the Vaal on July 14. He had broken the same clavicle in March. Both occurrences were the result of horses, Bondiblu and Green Gunston respectively, breaking down. The first breakage was accompanied […]
Marco van Rensburg is pushing to be back by September 1 after breaking a clavicle (collar bone) in a fall at the Vaal on July 14.
He had broken the same clavicle in March.
Both occurrences were the result of horses, Bondiblu and Green Gunston respectively, breaking down.
The first breakage was accompanied by tremendous pain as the clavicle was shattered and a plate had to be fitted.
After the second fall Van Rensburg initially felt he was alright as there was no pain and the arm still functioned normally.
However, x-rays showed a clean break and the plate had been bent in half.
Van Rensburg’s six week layoff for the first break largely coincided with lockdown so he was able to finish the season in tenth place on the national jockey’s log with 78 winners. It was the first time he had broken into the top ten.
He said of his ambitions for this season, “I am going to be giving it a full go and want to finish in the top ten again and maybe even the top five.”
His optimism stems from the confirmation that top Port Elizabeth trainer Gavin Smith will continue to support him as soon as the travel restrictions for jockeys are lifted.
Last season he had 28 winners in PE from 170 rides but the support from Smith only started in November and then had to end in March due to injury and COVID-19 restrictions.
Van Rensburg effectively will not be losing his regular Monday rides as Cliffie Miller, with whom he has had a partnership for twenty years, has moved from the now defunct Kimberley to Ashburton. Van Rensburg will be hoping to pick up other rides in KZN too when his raids to support Miller are allowed.
Van Rensburg’s chief supporters in Gauteng are Lucky Houdalakis, Stuart Pettigrew, Weiho Marwing and he also picks up rides occasionally from the like of Mike de Kock, Mike Azzie and others.
He will initially have to rely on that Gauteng support alone as the NHA rules for jockey movement, i.e one move per month, remain in place for the foreseeable future.
TRIBUTE TO ACADEMY CHAIRMAN AVISON CARLILSE
PUBLISHED: August 3, 2020
David Thiselton Tributes poured in for Avison Carlisle, one of KZN’s most passionate horseracing men and long-time chairman of the board of the South African Jockeys Academy (SAJA), after he had passed away Saturday the 1 August 2020. He and his wife Mary are testimony to the enjoyment that can be derived from owning, breeding […]
Tributes poured in for Avison Carlisle, one of KZN’s most passionate horseracing men and long-time chairman of the board of the South African Jockeys Academy (SAJA), after he had passed away Saturday the 1 August 2020.
He and his wife Mary are testimony to the enjoyment that can be derived from owning, breeding and watching thoroughbreds and Avison cared so deeply for the health of the industry that he became involved beyond the call of duty.
The couple were introduced to racing by Scotch Ferrie, who was the assistant headmaster at their son Keyan’s school Weston Agricultural College, and three years later they bought their first horse Rebel Patriot for R75,000 at the Yearling Sales in Durban.
Duncan Howells trained this Exclusive Patriot gelding to six wins.
His success was the beginning of a love affair with the sport for the Carlisles.
In 2002 Howells notified them that Rebel Patriot’s dam, Rebel Qui, was up for sale together with her weaning at a dispersal sale at The Dargle in KZN.
They were not really interested but on the day of the sale Avison needed to escape the frustration of watching the South African cricket team losing so he and Mary decided to go and have a look.
They returned to announce to the family the purchase of Rebel Qui for a paltry R1,200 and her foal for R14,000.
Rebel Qui thus became the foundation mare of the Carlisle’s Kinmount Stud, based on their farm, which is situated between Howick and Nottingham Road.
It was the beginning of a KZN racing fairytale.
The weanling was Ravenscraig, who won three-in-a-row early in his career and was good enough to be entered in the Grade 2 KZN Guineas. He went on to win one more race.
The Carlisles sent Rebel Qui to Winter Romance and she was soon in foal.
In 2003 while holidaying in the UK and traveling on the Flying Scotsman headed for Edinburgh Avison and Mary received an SMS from their daughter Kristy to let them know Rebel Patriot was running that day.
Later, upon arrival at a quaint hotel recommended by a taxi driver, the phone beeped again and this time the SMS said simply, “He won!!”
They were standing at the time on the front mat and after a joyous celebratory outburst they looked down and read the words “The Howard.” In an instant the name of Rebel Qui’s pending foal was decided. The Howard won a 1600m race at Clairwood and later added another win at Flamingo Park. He was no great shakes but gave many people a lot of enjoyment including the owners of The Howard Hotel in Edinburgh who posted regular reports of his progress on their communications billboard. Such was the infectious enthusiasm for the sport Avison had.
Rebel Qui’s next foal was Rebellious Streak, a Deep Sleep gelding who won five races and was placed 12 times.
The next two foals were both by the disappointing stallion Requiem, one being unraced and the other unplaced.
However, the unraced one, Quinarius, produced a four-time winner and two-time winner both by Lion Tamer.
Rebel Qui then produced one time winner and seven-times placed filly Yet Again by Muhtafal. Yet Again went on to produce a twice winner by Toreador.
Then came a windfall when Rebel Qui’s next foal, Patriotic Rebel was purchased for R100,000 by Brett Crawford.
This Stronghold gelding went on to win twice and finish placed in two stakes races, including the Grade 1 Investec Cape Derby, before being bought into the Mike de Kock yard, for whom he finished a narrow second in the Grade 3 Mango (Campanajo) 2200. However, he was destined to only win one more race.
At around the same time of Patriotic Rebel being sold at the Ready To Run Sale, the Carlisles bought Rebel Patriot’s full-sister, Polish Rebel, who was in foal to Silvano, for a bargain R60,000 at a Cape mare and weanling sale.
The resulting foal was Regal Eagle, who won five of her first eight starts and later finished fifth in the Grade 1 Golden Horse Sprint.
Rebel Qui’s last filly was the three-time winner Crystal Ball and she will be covered this season by What A Winter.
Kinmount have produced an incredible fifty wins from small beginnings.
Avison was also a compassionate man and the family adopted a street child named Ronald Khumalo. This soon looked to be another fairytale story as Ronald was not only accepted into SAJA but became the first of his year to make it to track and the first to race ride. However, with a bright future beckoning Ronald’s attitude changed for the worse and the Carlisle family’s sadness was later compounded when he passed away at a young age.
Avison’s connection to SAJA had started with Ronald and in 2009 he was voted in as Chairman of the Academy Board. He vowed to stamp out the conceited attitude which had crept into the Academy students and which had led to Ronald’s decline in fortunes
Mary confirmed SAJA became Avison’s passion and he poured a tremendous amount of energy and love into this world renowned institution. He enjoyed a fine working relationship with headmaster Graeme Bailey and was still the Chairman upon his passing yesterday.
Avison also attempted at one stage to start an organisation which would represent the collective wishes of KZN owners, trainers and breeders, but after a year of effort it did not get off the ground.
He never missed a Scottsville racemeeting and the Carlisles enjoying the day in the members area together with the Ferries and two other veteran KZN racing families The Gibsons and the Elliotts became a familiar sight.
KZN racing will miss Avison’s presence but he leaves behind a legacy in many areas of the sport.
A celebration of the life of Avison Carlisle will have to be delayed due to COVID-19 but he has left many good memories for Mary and their children Keyan. Kristy, Duncan and Tan and for the eight grandchildren he doted on.
DURBANVILLE TUESDAY 4 AUGUST 2020 COMMENTS BY WARREN LENFERNA
PUBLISHED: July 31, 2020
Race 1 Preview: MIRROR ME (5) is by Trippi and could be good enough to beat this field on debut – watch the betting. OPERA SWING (7) has run twice and can now improve to get a lot closer. OUR WORLD (2) can improve to place. (Warren Lenferna 5-7-2) Race 2 Preview: MAUSSANE (6) improved […]
Preview: MIRROR ME (5) is by Trippi and could be good enough to beat this field on debut – watch the betting. OPERA SWING (7) has run twice and can now improve to get a lot closer. OUR WORLD (2) can improve to place. (Warren Lenferna 5-7-2)
Preview: MAUSSANE (6) improved at the second time of asking and rates the one they all have to beat. IRIS (3) finished midfield on debut and has plenty of scope to improve – bright chance and PERFECT TRUST (8) can also now get a lot closer. (Warren Lenferna 6-3-8)
Preview: BENJAMIN (5) improved to nearly win at only the second time of asking – he has a strong winning chance today. EMPIRE GLORY (1) is taking forever to win but should one day, but for today, he has a place chance. NORTHERN TUNE (2) can get much closer and is a must for the quartet. (Warren Lenferna 5-1-2)
Preview: PURPLE CLOUD (2) has placed three from three and comes into the race with strong each way claims. TICKET TO RIDE (3) is coming good with racing and should be right there at the finish and SEEKING THE STARS (9) is one for the shortlist and a must for most bets. (Warren Lenferna 2-3-9)
Preview: DAZZLING SUN (5) looks tough to beat and presents himself as a possible banker. GAYLEACTIC STAR (1) should relish the distance extension but has a deep draw to overcome – she has been beaten favourite in her last two but should get it right soon. MISS MARILYN (2) improved last time and on that, has a quartet chance. (Warren Lenferna 5-1-2)
Preview: ELUSIVE FORTUNE (2) has solid form and has bright each way claims. LADY LU (4) is seldom far off the action and is worth including on the shortlist and pretty much the same thing can be said for ROSALIE RUNS (3) (Warren Lenferna 2-4-3)
Preview: SOCKEROO (3) starts from the best gate and has solid form. He rates the one they will all have to set their sights on. MIRACULOUSLY OURS (2) finished second last time out and should be delivering plenty of cheek all the way home. WINTER SHADOW (4) can do much better than he did last time – include. (Warren Lenferna 3-2-4)
Preview: NOIR’S BOY (9) showed good improvement last time at long odds. He should improve some more and can make his presence felt especially over the mile. PICTURE THE MOMENT (10) should be able to get much closer now over the mile and is a must for trifectas and quartets and SECRET CIRCLE (3) can improve and could be the value for the places. (Warren Lenferna 9-10-3)
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Hollywoodbets Scottsville 5 August 2020 – Tips
PUBLISHED: July 31, 2020
1 14 TIMES NEW ROMAN 1 MASTER DANCER 9 WINGING IT 7 TONIGHTSFIGHTNIGHT Preview: Mostly first timers but TIMES NEW ROMAN (14) made a promising local debut and should come on from that. The stable has also hit form. MASTER DANCER (1) did better when back to a sprint last run. He has been rested […]
14 TIMES NEW ROMAN 1 MASTER DANCER 9 WINGING IT 7 TONIGHTSFIGHTNIGHT
Preview: Mostly first timers but TIMES NEW ROMAN (14) made a promising local debut and should come on from that. The stable has also hit form. MASTER DANCER (1) did better when back to a sprint last run. He has been rested but has a 4kg claimer aboard. WINGING IT (9) did not take to the poly last run. He has shown ability and should feature prominently. TONIGHTSFIGHTNIGHT (7) has tried further at his last two. He may prove better over this shorter trip. (Andrew Harrison: 14-1-9-7).
7 LAVU LAVU 10 CANTATA CHOIR 13 TWICEASFAST 11 CHANEL ALLURE
Preview: LAVU LAVU (7) made a smart debut at long odds. She should come on from that but there should again not be much between her and CANTATA CHOIR (10) who made marked improvement in blinkers. TWICEASFAST (13) made a promising debut and should come on lengths from that effort. One to watch in the betting. CHANEL ALLURE (11) is battling but has not been far back at recent outings. (Andrew Harrison: 7-10-13-11).
11 CANDYMAN 10 SHAVOUT 6 FERRARI ICE 13 RADAMES
Preview: CANDY MAN (11) beaten favourite last run when tried in blinkers. Big chance on a repeat showing. SHAVOUT (10) found good market support on debut and showed up well. He should come on lengths from that showing. FERRARI ICE (6) made a smart debut at long odds. He must have a big chance on that showing. RADAMES (13) is lightly raced and was narrowly beaten last outing. Draw is a concern. (Andrew Harrison: 11-10-6-13).
10 COMMAND CONTROL 12 FADE TO BLACK 3 WALNUT 11 COSSACK WARRIOR
Preview: COMMAND CONTROL (10) is lightly raced but has shown up well in both starts. He should go well here. FADE TO BLACK (12) is another that showed improvement in blinkers and has been knocking at the door. WALNUT (3) is also lightly raced and can do better than his last start when racing in blinkers. Blinkers off and should improve. COSSACK WARRIOR (11) was much improved in blinkers last run and can do even better over this trip. (Andrew Harrison: 10-12-3 11).
4 BLUE WINTER 7 ELUSIVE CURRENT 3 DANCING SWORD 2 CAPRICCIO
Preview: BLUE WINTER (4) is lightly raced but has consistent recent form. She is a big runner. ELUSIVE CURRENT (7) has put in two good efforts to date and should feature prominently again. DANCING SWORD (3) just needed her last run. Lightly raced but has shown ability. CAPRICCIO (2) tried further at her last two but does seem better over this shorter trip. (Andrew Harrison: 4-7-3-2).
10 TO THE MAX 1 LADY OF LUTETIA 4 WICHITA 13 CAPTIVE GOLD
Preview: TWO THE MAX (10) is overdue. She has improved with each outing since returning from a break and should be cherry-ripe. LADY OF LUTETIA (1) has had plenty of chances but looks the part in this field and should go close. WICHITA (4) has run her best race on this course and the extra should suit. CAPTIVE GOLD (13) returns from a break. She was a beaten favourite before that. She may need this outing but is one to watch. (Andrew Harrison: 10-1-4-13).
4 BAYVIEW EXPRESS 7 BEFORE NOON 3 MERLIN FROM BERLIN 2 IRISH WONDER GIRL
Preview: Open race. BAYVIEW EXPRESS (4) won well first run out of the maidens. He is held in high regard by the stable and the blinkers come off over the extra. BEFORE NOON (7) was narrowly beaten in the Gold Vase and his last win was over course and distance. MERLIN FROM BERLIN (3) came from the clouds when narrowly beaten in the Chapter Challenge final. He goes well this course and distance. IRISH WONDER GIRL (2) was not disgraced behind the progressive Diamondsandpearls last time out carrying a big weight. She can go close again. (Andrew Harrison: 4-7-3-2).
2 CANDY GALORE 8 WIZZ OF ODDS 3 MADAME PATRICE 4 QUEEN OF ALAMO
Preview: CANDY GALORE (2) goes very well over course and distance. This is her third run after a break and should go close again. Stable companion WIZZ OF ODDS (8) is quick and has had two outings since a break. She has a 4kg claimer up and at best will go close. MADAME PATRICE (3) comes from a very much in form stable. She has some useful Highveld form and is one to watch in the market. QUEEN OF ALAMO (4) has run two smart races since a break. A repeat of her last start will see her in the firing line but she looks held by Candy Galore at the weights. TRAVELLING LIGHT (5) took on much stronger last run. She goes well this trip and has a 2.5 kg claimer aboard. (Andrew Harrison: 2-8-3-4).
9 MISS KHALIFA 11 COLOUR OF LIGHT 14 BELLA BALLARINA 2 ACADEMIC GOLD
Preview: Tough race. MISS KHALIFA (9) has been trying further but was narrowly beaten last start and is never far back. COLOUR OF LIGHT (11) made a promising debut for her new stable and has a handy galloping weight. BELLA BALLARINA (14) has yet to finish out of the money since racing in blinkers. She should be thereabouts again. ACADEMIC GOLD (2) was an easy maiden winner last run but has shown some ability and has improved in blinkers. (Andrew Harrison: 9-11-14-2).
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LOVE BOMB’S VICTORY FOR PERSEVERANCE
PUBLISHED: July 30, 2020
David Thiselton The Frank Robinson-trained Love Bomb upset the meeting banker Caralluma in the Grade 2 Zulu Kingdom Explorer Golden Slipper over 1400m at Saturday’s Vodacom Durban July meeting. This homebred is owned by Greg and Bev Whittaker and lived up to her name, which was given after a suggestion by Robinson. The latter recalled, […]
The Frank Robinson-trained Love Bomb upset the meeting banker Caralluma in the Grade 2 Zulu Kingdom Explorer Golden Slipper over 1400m at Saturday’s Vodacom Durban July meeting.
This homebred is owned by Greg and Bev Whittaker and lived up to her name, which was given after a suggestion by Robinson.
The latter recalled, “From day one she was an absolute tank, a ball of muscle, and I commented she looked like a ‘bomb’ so we decided to call her Love Bomb.”
Her dam Boloval, who is by Captain Al out of the Grade 3 Debutante Stakes winner Rambo’s Love, was bought for R500,000 at the National Yearling Sales in 2011 into the Herman Brown and Frank Robinson joint training operation.
Robinson was left on his own in 2013 when Brown retired and after Boloval’s first three runs for a fourth, second and fifth he was able to purchase her from the original owner for R30,000 on behalf of Greg Whittaker and Gavin Wiggill.
In her first start for Greg and Gavin she won a maiden easily by 2,25 lengths over 1200m at Clairwood.
Robinson recalled, “She won nicely and I thought she could go all the way. She was from quite a good family and was a monster, big and strong.”
However, after one more run, she unfortunately rolled in her stable one day and fractured a hock.
Retired to stud, she was then sent to Mogok but dropped the foal mid-term.
She was subsequently sent to Ideal World, where she once again dropped the foal.
However, she then finally had a full term pregnancy and gave birth to a filly by Oratorio.
The foal impressed Robinson from day one.
In conformation she reminds Robinson of the Grade 1-winner he helped train, Chocolicious, but her first win on March 20 over 1000m on the Hollywoodbets Greyville poly reminded him of his good filly Olma, who had four wins and two seconds in six starts on the Greyville poly and was just as good on turf.
In Love Bomb’s second start in the Grade 1 Allan Robertson over 1200m at Scottsville, she hinted that she could be a contender for the Golden Slipper as she ran on from way back for a 4,25 length eighth and looked to be a bit short of room in the closing stages.
On Saturday Sean Veale found the rail in midfield from draw four. He began driving her around the final turn and she stayed on to win full of running by 0,80 lengths at odds of 35/1.
Veale confirmed that she would easily stay 1600m and she will start at much shorter odds on Gold Cup day in the Grade 1 Thekwini Stakes.