Varina has a fine chance
PUBLISHED: January 27, 2020
In the first race over 1000m Varina made a good debut over this trip despite being bumped and with improvement has a fine chance…
The Vaal eight race meeting tomorrow should start off with a favourable result for punters and this can help build up a pool with which to play the exotics.
In the first race over 1000m Varina made a good debut over this trip despite being bumped and with improvement has a fine chance. However, Winter’s Power is likely to give her a run for her money as she showed pace last time in a Juvenile Plate race to finish close to the promising Miracle Flight, although she was receiving 5kg. Elusive Woman is not far behind these two on formlines and should earn.
In the second over 1000m Fire And Ice’s seven length third place finish to War Room has turned out to be good form and he looks to be the one to beat. He is interestingly bred, being by Noble Tune and a half-brother to the Grade 1 Cape Fillies Guineas winner Missisippi Burning. Last time out when also running third over this trip with first time blinkers on, he lost a length at the start so can do better if jumping better. Karnallie was beaten 6.5 lengths by War Room in a later race but was receiving 3kg. He can improve so will be a threat. Portico had to be eased and switched before running on well again for second over this trip at Scottsville last time. He also has a chance.
In the third race over 1000m Wings Of Honor ran well over 1200m last time and looks to have plenty of natural pace so can win this off a two point lower mark. Moggie Brown has plenty of speed and can do better than her last two starts especially considering she is reunited with Marco van Rensburg who won on her over this course and distance last July, albeit off a five point lower mark. Phillydelphia has always been thereabouts off this mark and should be in the shake up. Miss Boomerang was a highly regarded speedster as a juvenile and a recent win at Flamingo could have buoyed her confidence while a lowered turf rating will help here too. Midnight Top was 1,1 lengths behind Wings Of Honor over 1200m and is now 1kg worse off which gives her a hard task, although she was slowly away that day and was scalped. She is of interest over the step down in trip as she has pace.
In the fourth over 1200m the classy mare Double ‘O’ Eight has her easiest task for some time and from a plum draw is the one to beat. In Cahoots has a touch of class and a good cruising speed so could be dangerous over this drop in trip despite being given two points for his win over 1475m last time. Topmast beat Grade 1 winner over this trip Eden Roc last time, also over this trip, and off a four point higher mark he can go close with a repeat. State Trooper is unbeaten in two starts over this course and distance but has a tough draw to overcome. Whorly Whorly retuns from a layoff so will likely need it but he is capable of staying on late so might do well fresh.
In the fifth race over 1200m Crown Guardian is an interesting runner from a fair draw of five with the blinkers back on. The last time he wore blinkers, three runs ago, he finished just 1,80 lengths back over this trip. He is now six points lower in the merit ratings and finished second in his only previous stat over this course and distance. Irrevocable Dream seemed a fair sort early on in his career and he has now dropped considerably in the merit ratings so could go close. Alex The Great steps up in trip but has won over this distance before and is interesting from a wide draw with Warren Kennedy aboard as he was dropped three points in the merit ratings for his last run. Bockscar is unreliable but can never be ignored as he is capable of a strong finish. True Words is also interesting as he has some pace and drops down to a trip he has won over before.
In the sixth over 1600m Valetorio was far from disgraced behind the classy Ikigai last time in the Three Troikas and despite a six point merit rated raise he is still selected to win as the Ikigai form has proved strong wherever he ran. Seven Patriots stayed on well to win his maiden comfortably over this trip in his fourth start and off an 82 merit rating he sneaks into the handicap here with the minimum weight so could follow up. Marshall Foch and Norland are both in good form and will be in the shake up too. Mr Greenlight has talent but has become disappointing, so the blinkers on make him interesting, although he has a tricky draw.
In the seventh over 1600m Hawthorn looked to have ability early in her career and has had excuses in her last two starts so is interesting off a lowered merit rating stepping back in trip to her winning distance. Plum Field should be staying on and Magic Mila is interesting as she is still green so can go close first time out the maidens from pole position with Kennedy up despite having to carry 62kg. Tahitian Orana and Passion Peach are the other pair to consider.
Ideal Wolff has a fine chance in the last from a good draw under Gavin Lerena. He made a good debut over 1200m and will relish this step up in trip. However, Ideal Day is an improving sort who has to be respected.
By David Thiselton
Golden Ducat books his Derby ticket
PUBLISHED: January 27, 2020
In the February 22 feature Golden Ducat will renew rivalry with Concorde Cup winner King Of Gems who gave him 3kg and finished half a length in front of him
Golden Ducat, half-brother to Rainbow Bridge and Hawwaam, booked his Cape Derby ticket by running on well to take fourth in the Betting World Pinnacle at Kenilworth on Saturday.
This was the three-year-old’s first outing since being gelded and strictly on ratings he should have finished six lengths last. “I hate throwing a young horse in at the deep end like that but he was to have run at last week’s cancelled meeting,” said Eric Sands, explaining why the horse was faced, on paper at any rate, with such a stiff task.
In the February 22 feature Golden Ducat will renew rivalry with Concorde Cup winner King Of Gems who gave him 3kg and finished half a length in front of him in third. The 2-1 favourite was found to be making an abnormal respiratory noise when examined by the vet but Brett Crawford said: “The trip was too short for him and they went slow. He will be back in his own age group in the Derby which has always been the plan.”
The race was won in convincing style by Priceless Ruler who may also be seen on February 22, in his case in the Selangor Jet Master Stakes. He had finished with only three behind him in the Peninsula Handicap and Dennis Dryer, who trains the four-year-old for wife Gilly, said: “I told M.J. not to worry about that last run, just find cover. There was no pace in the Peninsula and Priceless Ruler was bowling along in front – he has never been ridden like that before.”
Byleveld completed his second four-timer in four weeks including both The Cambo (despite a slipping saddle) and Labyrinth for Vaughan Marshall for whom he rides One World in the Sun Met – “The horse is flying and I can hardly wait for Saturday.”
He made all on the Paddy Kruyer-trained Over The Way in the Racing Association Maiden. The four-year-old was scoring at the 26th attempt, much to the delight of her ultra-patient owners Frank Sharp and the smartly-dressed Margaret O’Hara.
“We bought her for R100 000 at the Klawervlei Farm Sale but we only paid half that,” Sharp recalled. “We had another filly who died and John Koster gave us a credit of R50 0000. Every time we were thinking of calling it a day with her she would run second so we have carried on.”
Queen Of Quiet is another with a February 22 date and Justin Snaith named the Vasco Prix Du Cap as her objective after Richard Fourie steered the 2-1 shot to victory in the six furlong handicap. But the one to note for the Grade 3 fillies race is surely Cape Fillies Guineas fourth Larentina. She had top weight but simply flew home to dead-heat for second. She was beaten less than half a length and will be 7.5kg better in the Grade 3.
Piet Botha, a man surely going places, won the first with the Louis Mxothwa-ridden Senor Don and has recently added to his owners Marsh Shirtliff who was in the winner’s box with the Aldo Domeyer-ridden Fabian in the last. Candice Bass-Robinson elected to go for this handicap rather than take on the might of Kasimir in Saturday’s Cape Flying Championship but Shirtliff is still looking forward to Saturday “with the R18-20 million Pick Six to challenge for.”
So too are, for a very different reason, are Adam Marcus and Craig Zackey who won with Hello Winter Hello – although the training half of the Vardy combination admitted that he was getting grey hairs!
By Michael Clower
Moore’s busy schedule
PUBLISHED: January 27, 2020
From there he goes to Saudi Arabia to ride work on horses entered for the world’s richest horse race, the $20 million Saudi Cup on February 29…
Ryan Moore has an international schedule as extensive and wide-ranging as an airline pilot in the days leading up to his first experience of Kenilworth in Saturday’s Sun Met.
On Saturday he was in Florida to partner the Aidan O’Brien-trained Magic Wand in the Pegasus World Cup Turf International Stakes (he was second) and today he rides More Than This in the Classic Mile at the big Chinese New Year meeting in Hong Kong, replacing Karis Teetan who had won all his three rides on the horse.
From there he goes to Saudi Arabia to ride work on horses entered for the world’s richest horse race, the $20 million Saudi Cup on February 29. Only after that can he set his sights on the Met.
“I hope he will get a chance to sit on Rainbow Bridge before Saturday but, if not, he is a professional and he knows what to do,” says Eric Sands who seems likely to show him extracts from Garth Puller’s fascinating interview with David Thiselton on the challenges facing Moore in the Met. This appeared in the Daily News last week and former champion jockey Puller, who won the Met three times, is Sands’ former brother-in-law.
Puller made specific reference to the interference problems caused by all the jostling for position in the early stages. “The reason is because jockeys want to find cover from the South-Easterly wind. They have that in mind from the jump and, with everybody trying to hide from it, the field takes some time to sort itself out.”
Indeed the South-Easter is the reason why most Cape Town trainers regard ‘Thou shalt not go three wide’ as the 11th of the Ten Commandments (and more important than most of the others!) whereas in many parts of the world covering a bit of extra ground is often regarded as preferable to getting boxed in, or using up valuable energy by having to check and ease back in order to get a run.
Puller has no doubt that Moore will listen to what Sands has to say and adapt accordingly. “I have watched Ryan ride and he is definitely one of the best five jockeys in the world. No new track or horse will make any difference to him. Also he is not the sort of jockey who is going to ride the horse blind. He will watch the re-runs and probably give the horse a blow-out beforehand.”
By Michael Clower
Rebel’s Champ storms home to victory
PUBLISHED: January 27, 2020
At the 400m mark Rebel’s Champ had a wall of horses in front of him but Kennedy was able to switch him towards the outside for a clear run…
The Paul Peter-trained Rebel’s Champ took a while to hit top gear in yesterday’s Non-Black Type Marula Sprint over 1200m at Hollywoodbets Scottsville but when he did he stormed home to convert 12/10 favouritism under Warren Kennedy.
The five-year-old Rebel King gelding carried topweight but looked hard to beat under the conditions of the race. He was 2,5kg well in with the second best weighted horse, Tribal Fusion, according to official merit ratings.
Rebel’s Champ was a touch slowly away as Cumulus set the fractions on the inside. Kennedy positioned the 12/10 favourite behind the third favourite Celebration Rock who was prominent in the centre. Towards the inside the second favourite Ishnana had started slowly and then pulled his way alongside Celebration Rock. At the 400m mark Rebel’s Champ had a wall of horses in front of him but Kennedy was able to switch him towards the outside for a clear run. He was looking a touch laboured until Kennedy changed the whip to his left hand and the horse then changed legs to a left lead and took off. Kennedy had to change whip hands again as the horse began hanging inward but his momentum carried him past Cumulus in the shadow of the post to win by a quarter of a length. The Drunken Sailor ran on well on the outside for a half-a-length third and it was then two lengths back to Goliath Heron and Waywood who were separated by a head.
The win clinched a double for Peter and Kennedy as they had won the third over 1400m with the five-year-old Pathfork mare Promise, who has now won six times from just 17 starts.
Garth Puller and Luke Ferraris also scored a double together.
Puller consequently reached 30 winners for the season, which gives him a lead of eight in the KZN Championships from second-placed Gavin van Zyl.
Puller’s three-year-old Philanthropist gelding Rasputin’s Remedy came from last under Ferraris in the fifth race, a Maiden over 2400m, to catch the favourite Jet Lignite and win by half-a-length at odds of 41/10.
In the next race, an apprentice handicap over 1200m, Ferraris extracted a powerful finish from Puller’s four-year-old Oratorio gelding Krishnie’s Jet to catch the rank outsider Maa Nonu and win by half-a-length.
Anton Marcus also scored a double, winning the fourth over 1600m on the hard-knocking Johan Janse van Vuuren-trained four-year-old Twice Over filly On The Double, and the last race on the improving Mike Miller-trained Ideal World filly Basetsana, who can go on to win more as she was still green in first-time blinkers.
Louis Goosen’s three-year-old Captain Of All gelding Elementary was backed in the first and got home by a quarter of a length under Craig Zackey.
The next over 1400m saw a win for Nathan Kotzen and Kabelo Matsunyane with the three-year-old gelding Walton Hall, who is by the promising sire Wylie Hall.
Puller had many runners on the day and roared into the lead on the Hollywoodbets Sizzling Summer Challenge trainers’ table. He started the day five points behind leader Paul Lafferty and after gathering 104 points to Lafferty’s 47 he is now 52 points ahead of the latter.
Marcus started the day two points clear of Warren Kennedy on the jockeys’ table and finished the day nine points ahead of him.
By David Thiselton
Fairview Monday Tips and Suggested Bets
PUBLISHED: January 27, 2020
Fairview Monday January 27 Tips and Suggested Bets by Devonne Govender…
Fairview Monday Tips and Suggested Bets by Devonne Govender
R1 (1) Cider (9) Scent Of A Dream (4) Bridesmaid Blues
R2 (4) Leprechaun (3) Le Warrior (1) Apollo Rock
R3 (7) Fee Fi Foe Fum (1) Margot’s Magic (3) Travel Guide
R4 (9) Ascending Heights (4) First Knight (10) Fairyland
R5 (5) Stream Of Kindness (1) Summer Moon (3) Woodstock Fairy
R6 (3) Princess Kalisi (2) Love Talk (6) Flame Of Fire
R7 (1) Philos (2) Dubula (3) Desert Chief
R8 (5) Toastmaster (4) Duke Of Cards (3) Dads Roots
Leg 1: 4 x 3
Leg 2: 7 x 1
Leg 3: 9
Leg 4: 5
Leg 5: 3
Leg 6: 1 x 2 x 3
Leg 7: 5
PICK 6 (R1920)
Leg 1: 7 x 1 x 3 x 4
Leg 2: 9
Leg 3: 5 x 1 x 3 x 4
Leg 4: 3 x 2 x 6 x 11
Leg 5: 1 x 2 x 3 x 4 x 5 x 8
Leg 6: 5 x 4 x 3 x 2 x 11
Race 4: 9
Race 8: 5