Khumalo may be the jockey to follow
PUBLISHED: October 23, 2019
She will not have to be a superstar to beat this field and jumps from a fair draw with S’Manga Khumalo aboard, so is selected to win on debut…
The Vaal Classic track has an eight race meeting tomorrow and hopefully the rainfall earlier in the week should have eased the ground.
In the first over 1200m the first-timer Karino is by Duke Of Marmalade out of Grade 1 Empress Club Stakes winner Stratos, meaning she is a half-sister to Orpheus, the runaway winner of the Listed Sledgehammer. The Azzie yard have described Karino thus, “A nice filly, could run a decent race, will be a bit green.” She will not have to be a superstar to beat this field and jumps from a fair draw with S’Manga Khumalo aboard, so is selected to win on debut. Orchid Express could improve on her first two starts over a step up in trip she will appreciate, provided she gets a better start. Varnica showed pace with first-time blinkers on over 1200m last time and finished third, although she now has a tougher draw. Stormy Weathers will be dangerous with a 4kg claimer on from a good draw. Sapphire Rock has been highly tried so must be well regarded but she still has to live up to it and has a wide draw.
In the second race, a maiden for three-year-old fillies over 1600m, Flower Season has a nice long-striding action and has scope for improvement. She has been thereabouts in all three of her starts from 1160m to 1450m and should appreciate the step up in trip, so is selected to win under S’Manga Khumalo, despite a tricky draw of eight. Fluorescent stayed on from way back over 1200m on debut and will relish the step up in trip, although she has a tricky draw. Bat Orchid stayed on quite well over this trip last time from pole position on the Turffonftein Inside track and could be involved with a repeat from a good draw of two. Flaming Opal ran a cracker in her last start as a juvenile when stepped up to this trip and has a chance on that form, but she has not raced for 131 days and has a tough draw. Super Duper is another to consider having shown improvement to finish third when stepped up to 1600m.
In the third race over 1600m, a MR 88 handicap, Ragoon comes off a run over 2000m where he pulled, brushed the rail and cast a shoe. However, his record over this course and distance is three wins, a second and a third in five starts so he can bounce back. Nordic Rebel looks to be the main danger being 3,5kg better off with Finchattion for a one length beating over this distance. Hidden Agenda has been ultra consistent lately and proved he was up to his current merit rating last time out.
In the first leg of the Jackpot, a MR 72 handicap over 1800m, the promising Heart Stwings has a plum draw and will relish the step up in trip. Big Myth is an effective front-runner and this distance looks ideal but she does have a wide draw. Itsmydarlin has been in fine form, but does have a tough draw here. Plum Field stayed on over 1600m last time and should enjoy this step back up in trip. Passion Peach ran an encouraging race over 1600m last time and could earn here with a repeat. Picadilly Square is also worth considering.
In the fifth race over 1800m Jive Express has mixed it with the talented Jacko Boy recently and on that form is the one to beat from a good draw under 2,5kg claimer Juglall. Littlewood was a head in front of Jive Express in the latter race but is effectively 2,5 kg worse off due to Juglall’s claim. Illuminate ran a good race with first time blinkers on over 2000m last time and is 1,5kg bettter off with Circle Of Latitude for a 1,15 length beating. Circle Of Latitude is well drawn but was well beaten by Jive Express and Littlewood last time out over 2000m. Pink and No More Words can be considered.
The sixth race, a Graduation Plate over 1000m, Crown Guardian is a talented speedster and is the best weighted male in the race. The race sees the return of Grade 2 Golden Horseshoe third-placed Invidia. He has won over this trip and is the second best weighted male. Scoop is only half-a-kilogram worse off with Invidia accoridng to official merit ratings and can earn. Snow Palace is the best weighted runner but might find this a touch sharp. Singforafa is better weighted than any of the males and will enjoy this trip.
In the seventh race over 1200m Hear The Trumpet has dropped to a competitive mark and has a 4kg claimer up so looks the one to beat. Rosalina and Nordic Queen come off good races over this trip and look to be the chief dangers.
In the last race, a Maiden Handicap over 1450m, Gentleman’s Wager has caught the eye a couple of times. This long-striding sort should not mind the drop in trip considering he quickened some way from home last time out when just failing over 1800m. He does have a tricky draw but jockey Chase Maujean is particularly good when coming from off the pace. Stone Judgement ran two good races over sprints and then found little extra 1600m, so he should enjoy the step down in trip. Whipping Boy has also disappointed over 1600m, twice, but if reproducing his previous run over 1400m when running on from far back he could be in the shake up.
By David Thiselton
Snaith confident for Saturday
PUBLISHED: October 23, 2019
Snaith said “I have some high quality runners on Saturday including in the maidens. Richard Fourie enjoys riding Sachdev but in the Cape Classic he might…
Justin Snaith, despite uncharacteristically meeting with defeat in the first three maidens at Durbanville yesterday, is keen on the chances of several of his 15 runners at Kenilworth on Saturday and, intriguingly, some of those he considers value are at big prices.
He said: “I have some high quality runners on Saturday including in the maidens. Richard Fourie enjoys riding Sachdev but in the Cape Classic he might have his work cut out from that draw (ten). The horse would have to be the next Do It Again to win from there – but then he might be!”
Snaith also runs Captain Tatters (Robert Khathi) and the highly rated General Franco (S’Manga Khumalo) ïn the Classic and added: “Captain Tatters needed the run last time but he is really well now and I am expecting a big run from him. At 12-1 he is the one I think is the best value.
“In the Western Cape Fillies Championship I am a bit worried about Casino Queen being drawn 11 but Richard is very good from there.”
Khumalo rides Somewhere In Time but apparently it could be 20-1 shot Amy Johnson (Khathi) that punters should bear in mind – “She is the dark horse and she could be the best value. She cuts through her field better than anything I have seen this year but, while she quickens well, she then stops so I have put a lot of work into her and I am now happy with her.”
By Michael Clower
Bank on some cold, hard, cash
PUBLISHED: October 23, 2019
Coldhardcash is unbeaten in two starts with the cornel collar, making most of the running on both occasions, and can keep that record when he lines up in…
Coldhardcash showed early that he had loads of ability but that came with many problems that added some grey to Duncan Howells’s already thinning thatch. Shedding his maiden after gelding in December last year, things looked back on track but then Coldhardcash developed breathing problems which had form guide Computaform commenting, “pace tired,” “moved up – no more,” and “handy – faded out.”
As a last resort and on the advice of vet Dr Ralph Katzwinkel, Coldhardcash was fitted with a cornel collar. The device helps keep the air passage open and the results have been immediate with Coldhardcash showing why he impressed in his early homework.
Coldhardcash is unbeaten in two starts with the cornel collar, making most of the running on both occasions, and can keep that record when he lines up in the Soccer Any 15 MR Handicap over 1000m on the Hollywoodbets Greyville turf today.
Given Howells’s early assessment and taking current form into account and a good draw, the opposition could be left chasing shadows and punters will be in sorely need of an exotic bet banker on a card that will deliver some lucrative dividends.
Ode took on males when arriving on the scene too late, going down to Treading Water over the Greyville 1000m last time out. That was only her second visit to the races and the extra furlong against her own sex should see her back in the money, if not the winner’s box, in the opening leg of the PA. Kildonan Bay, a 50-1 chance on debut when second to Diamondsandpearls, and To The Max look the obvious threats.
Winter Sun has not been out since finishing third in the Gr2 Debutante Stakes, beaten just over a length by Montreal Mist. She started ignored at 66-1 that afternoon from a coffin draw of 14 so that was an exceptional effort.
She makes her seasonal debut in the Track & Ball Gaming Handicap and although rested, she could have too much class for some of her older rivals that includes the very much inform and year older Wildly In Love that has come good at recent outings.
Things get decidedly more tricky from here on.
Leicester Square was most disappointing first up out of the maidens but judged on his previous showings can do much better. Northern Route has had his form franked by Techno Captain who has since twice finished runner-up while On The Bright Side and Merlin From Berlin also warrant close scrutiny.
The seventh is another tough race but Good Rhythm has had two warm-up sprints since a lengthy break and was a close-up third last run when finishing with a rattle under Sherman Brown, making up five lengths in the straight to finish a neck back to the useful sprinter Goliath Heron. Alistair Gordon now has him over what looks to be his optimum trip and Brown has been booked again. GG’s Dynasty is another back from a break and making his poly debut. However, his form before the rest was good and the stable in form.
There are a host of first timers in the last so keep an eye on the betting. Lowan Denysschen had a winner with Eternal Words last Saturday and Imperial Seal looks the pick of the runners with exposed form. In the early market she shares favouritism with debutante Jackson Wells, Mark Dixon’s filly coming off a forward showing in a barrier trial.
Currently at 10-1 is the five-year-old Go Kitty. She made a smart debut for Gary Rich behind the promising Maiden’s Prayer before disappointing at her next start. Forgive her that showing and she looks fair value in a difficult race. Blushing Diamond has a poor draw but did find some betting support on debut and is sure to improve while Class Of Eight is a long-time maiden but has shown flashes of ability and has a chance at best but this does not look to be a race that one can go light in with any confidence.
By Andrew Harrison
Hollywoodbets Greyville Wednesday Tips and Race Previews
PUBLISHED: October 23, 2019
Hollywoodbets Greyville Wednesday October 23 Tips and Race Previews by Andrew Harrison…
Hollywoodbets Greyville Wednesday Tips and Race Previews by Andrew Harrison
14 VINODH’S BOY 8 JOINT EFFORT 5 FEVER 2 ANCIENT STATE
Preview: Many first timers so keep an eye on the betting. VINODH’S BOY (14) has shown u well in both starts. He looks ready now. JOINT EFFORT (8) improved nicely at his second start when unfancied. He can build on that effort. FEVER (5) made a promising debut in a competitive maiden. He drops back in trip and makes his poly debut. ANCIENT STATE (2) has drawn widest of all but was narrowly beaten last time out and can go one better. (Andrew Harrison: 14-8-5-2).
9 ODE 8 KILDONAN BAY 6 CUT LOOSE 12 TO THE MAX
Preview: ODE (9) came from well back when second last time out. The extra should suit. KILDONAN BAY (8) made a promising debut at long odds and should come on from the experience. CUT LOOSE (6) was a modest third in her Highveld debut but is sure to come on lengths from that showing. TO THE MAX (12) caught the eye on debut. She should enjoy the extra furlong. (Andrew Harrison: 9-8-6-12).
6 WINTER SUN 11 FRENCH LEGEND 4 WILDLY IN LOVE 1 BEAT IT
Preview: WINTER SUN (6) has good form in feature company. She has been rested but should go well in this field. FRENCH LEGEND (11) is always game and her recent form has stood up. With her light weight she will be a runner. WILDLY IN LOVE (4) has smart form in a tongue-tie. She landed a four-point penalty for her last win but can go in again. Stable companion BEAT IT (1) is back on her favourite surface and has come down in the ratings and also has a 1.5kg claimer aboard. (Andrew Harrison: 6-11-4-1).
5 COLDHARDCASH 6 HAMPTON COURT 9 FIVES WILD 4 PEARL OF ASIA
Preview: COLDHARDCASH (5) is a changed horse with a cornel collar. He is quick and can keep rolling here. HAMPTON COURT (6) goes well over course and distance and should be in the shake-up. FIVES WILD (9) is up in class but has a light weight and can feature. PEARL OF ASIA (4) found good market support on debut and landed the odds. He returns from a lengthy break and may just need this. (Andrew Harrison: 5-6-9-4).
1 LEICESTER SQUARE 9 ON THE BRIGHT SIDE 8 MERLIN FROM BERLIN 2 DEPOSITION
Preview: LEICESTER SQUARE (1) was one of the chief sufferers in a racing incident so his last run is best ignored. He has shown some promise. ON THE BRIGHT SIDE (9) has not been far back at recent starts and now tries cheek pieces. MERLIN FROM BERLIN (8) is back in blinkers and was not far behind the promising Favour at his last two. DEPOSITION (2) was also hampered in the race won by Liverpool Champ but does have the worst of the draw. (Andrew Harrison: 1-9-8-2).
7 MIGHTY SMART 5 JOSEPH JAGGER 1 MASTER GEORGE 6 MASTER VISION
Preview: Open race. MIGHTY SMART (7) was a neck behind Joseph Jagger when last they met. He also takes to the poly for the first time and has a better draw. JOSEPH JAGGER (5) was much improved in blinkers and he should not be worried by the switch to the poly. MASTER GEORGE (1) was beaten less than a length last start on the poly. Donovan Dillon has switched from Mighty Smart which may be significant. MASTER VISION (6) was close-up behind long-time maiden Fire Island last start but has improved recently and is not out of it. CITY DEEP (3) is another to consider. (Andrew Harrison: 7-5-1-6-3).
5 GOOD RHYTHM 6 G G’S DYNASTY 4 KAPEN PRIDE 1 GENEROUS LADY
Preview: Another tough race. GOOD RHYTHM (5) has had two warm-up sprints since a lengthy break and was a close-up third last run. This looks to be his optimum trip. G G’S DYNASTY (6) has been rested and makes his poly debut. However, his recent form is good and the stable in form. KAPEN PRIDE (4) was a good second to the useful Tristful last timeout and has done well over course and distance. GENEROUS LADY (1) takes on males but does have the best of the draw. She ran a cracker behind the well-fancied Silent Crusade last outing but does have a big weight. (Andrew Harrison: 5-6-4-1).
2 IMPERIAL SEAL 6 GO KITTY 5 BLUSHING DIAMOND 1 CLASS OF EIGHT
Preview: Many first timers so keep an eye on the betting. IMPERIAL SEAL (2) is much improved in blinkers. She goes well over the trip and should go close again. GO KITTY (6) was disappointing at her second start after a smart debut. She may be worth a second chance. BLUSHING DIAMOND (5) has a poor draw but did find some betting support on debut and is sure to improve. CLASS OF EIGHT (1) is a long-time maiden but has shown flashes of ability and has a chance at best. (Andrew Harrison: 2-6-5-1).
Mount Laurel shows promise
PUBLISHED: October 22, 2019
Mount Laurel, who was an impressive winner of an MR 99 Handicap for three-year-old fillies over 1450m on the Turffontein Inside track on Saturday…
The Gary Alexander yard have an exciting prospect in the Wilgerbosdrift and Mauritzfontein Stud-bred filly Mount Laurel, who was an impressive winner of an MR 99 Handicap for three-year-old fillies over 1450m on the Turffontein Inside track on Saturday. She remains unbeaten after three starts.
The Ideal World filly carried 53,5kg off a merit rating of 86 against some promising sorts and ran on powerfully from second last to win by a comfortable 2,75 lengths under Dennis Schwarz.
Alexander will be patient with her and although entered in the Grade 3 Starling Stakes on Peermont Emperor’s Palace Charity Mile day he said she was unlikely to run as he felt she was still too immature.
He said the long term plan for her would be the Wilgerbosdrift Triple Tiara next year.
South African cricket legend Jimmy Cook is among the syndicate who own her.
“We’ve known Jimmy for a long time and he loves his racing,” said Alexander. “We have had a number of cricketing owners in our yard over the years including Richard Snell and Ken Rutherford.”
Mount Laurel has proved herself effective from 1000m to 1450m and should get further being by stamina influence Ideal World out of a mare by stamina influence Fort Wood. This one time-winning Fort Wood mare is a half-sister to the Grade 1-winning miler and now sire Noordhoek Flyer, who finished second in the Grade 1 Cape Derby over 2000m.
Therefore, Mount Laurel should stay the 1800m of the Grade 1 SA Fillies Classic on the tough Turffontein Standside course and the SA Oaks is also not an unrealistic target.
Gary gave the credit to his brother Dean for picking her out at the BSA National Two-year-old Sale as he himself was away on holiday at the time.
He said, “We have been together for years and there is no doubt Dean can pick a horse.”
They landed her for a bargain R50,000.
Gary continued, “Mount Laurel has a beautiful dam line and it was maybe the market which allowed us to get her at that price. We have our criteria when looking at horses and don’t worry what they go for. Our yard has landed a lot of good horses for that sort of price range. Pierre Jourdan, Icy Air and Imperious Sue all cost just R60,000 each. If the horse is an athlete you are half-way there. Pierre Jourdan was a beautiful athlete but didn’t have the nicest head. But London News also didn’t have the best looking head. They don’t run with their heads. Mount Laurel is a nice looking filly, you can’t fault her. You can sometimes get lucky in the bidding, but others we have liked go for too much. If it’s your day, it’s your day.”
Alexander said running her in the Grade 3 Fillies Mile on Gauteng Summer Cup day would be a possibility.
He said it might depend on the draw and added, “The draw has been important in Gauteng lately.”
This is due to the fast going caused by the lack of rain.
He was relieved to see some rain forecast this week which would slow the going down.
The Alexander yard have 75 horses at present and are looking to buy more in a couple of weeks’ time at the BSA Ready To Run Sale.
Gary said, “The Ready To Run sale has been very good to us.”
Pierre Jourdan was among the horses they found at this sale.
The yard’s other best horses at present include four-year-old Ato gelding Chijmes, who fined a head second in the Grade 2 Johannesburg Spring Challenge over 1450, Chijmes’ twice-winning half-sister Gaian Glory (Visionaire) and the rangy Philanthropist filly Magic School. He also still has hopes for the syndicated filly Just Kidding and there is also the older soldier Unagi.
Alexander felt syndication was important at present due to the expense of ownership and the yard pour a lot of marketing into this strategy.
By David Thiselton