Fortune favours Marcus
PUBLISHED: November 12, 2019
Mrs Fortune, who also runs Etched In Blue, dispatched her horses before the recent outbreak of African Horse Sickness was confirmed…
Anton Marcus has been snapped up by Ashley Fortune for dual winner Invidia in the R2.5 million CTS Ready To Run Stakes at Kenilworth on Saturday week. The Twice Over colt had the class to take third to Eden Roc in the Durban Golden Horseshoe and beat all except Singforafa on his return at the Vaal last month. He is 4-1 second favourite.
Mrs Fortune, who also runs Etched In Blue, dispatched her horses before the recent outbreak of African Horse Sickness was confirmed but it seems that this may not be as a serious a problem – at least so far as the Cape season is concerned – as it first appeared.
Sean Tarry, whose Ready To Run horses have not yet left home, said yesterday: “I think we will be fine and that we will get the horses there.”
The four-time champion trainer, who won last year’s race with the Marcus-ridden Cirillo, has six entries and expects to run all except the wide-drawn Shango and Ballon D’Or.
He has yet to finalise riding arrangements but Rock The Globe is the shortest-priced of the other four at 7-1 and is top-rated, a kilo ahead of Invidia. Favourite at 7-2 is Roi Querari (Richard Fourie) and Justin Snaith has also booked Bernard Fayd’Herbe for 10-1 shot Savvy and Robert Kathi for outsider Over The Odds.
Tarry has second top-rated Putontheredlight in Saturday week’s Concorde Cup and also in the Cape Merchants.
He said that he is leaning towards the former race, a mile Grade 2 which is essentially the old Selangor under a new title.
However Concorde Cup second favourite Silver Operator is drawn 23 out of 23 and will miss the race. Vaughan Marshall said that his Cape Classic winner will go straight for the Cape Guineas on December 21.
Incidentally Marshall reported yesterday that Black Knap, only third when starting favourite for last Saturday’s 1 800m handicap, was found to have muscular-related lameness behind. He got loose after unseating his rider during the canter past and bumped the rails.
Justin Snaith will gallop his Vodacom Durban July winner Do It Again at Kenilworth on Saturday morning. Champion sprinter Kasimir was galloped there last Saturday and went well.
Snaith said: “I am coming into the season later this time.
“It now goes on well into February so I am deliberately starting later with the horses.”
One World has been left on an unchanged rating of 127 after his win in the Cape Mile which means that he has something to find with Do It Again (136) and Rainbow Bridge (134) when they meet in the World Sports Betting Green Point Stakes on December 14.
As a Grade 2 winner he will receive only a kilo from the other two.
The conditions of the Cape Mile stipulated that the winner and placed horses could not be raised more than six points and this was applied both to runner-up More Magic (now 99) and third-placed Priceless Ruler (now 107).
By Michael Clower
A twist of fate
PUBLISHED: November 12, 2019
Marcus said yesterday: “Twist Of Fate’s new stable has been cleaned out and is spotless for his arrival. To get a horse of this standing is very exciting…
Twist Of Fate will this morning make the short journey from Joey Ramsden’s stables at Milnerton to those of Adam Marcus.
Marcus said yesterday: “Twist Of Fate’s new stable has been cleaned out and is spotless for his arrival. To get a horse of this standing is very exciting. I already have some lovely unraced horses for the River Palace Racing Syndicate and they called me a couple of days ago to let me know the great news.”
The four-year-old has only been unplaced twice in 17 starts and has won over R3 million. Last season he collected the Cape Classic, Politician and KRA Guineas. He was second in the Cape Guineas, CTS 1600 and Daily News as well as third in the Vodacom Durban July and the Concorde.
He has been supplemented for the Cape Merchants on Saturday week but he has been allotted top weight of 64.5kg and his new trainer does not expect him to run.
Marcus said: “The main aim would be the Sun Met while the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate would be an option. Before that it could be either the Green Point or the 1 800m Premier Trophy.”
By Michael Clower
Turffontein Tuesday Tips and Race Previews
PUBLISHED: November 12, 2019
Turffontein Tuesday November 12 Tips and Race Previews by Andrew Harrison…
Turffontein Tuesday Tips and Race Previews by Andrew Harrison
Preview: FIREWORKS (4) was doing her best work late when stepped up to a mile last time out. The extra furlong should suit. BELLA ROSA (7) finished behind Fireworks that afternoon but was having only her second outing after making a smart debut. STARTING LINE (1) was narrowly beaten last outing when tried in blinkers and will be a threat. STUNNING (5) was a beaten favourite last run when a well beaten second but can make amends. (Andrew Harrison: 4-7-1-5).
Preview: WHISKYTANGOFOXTROT (5) is the highest rated runner in the field. He finished with a rattle when touched of in his latest showing and the extra furlong will suit. SEVEN PATRIOTS (13) has shown up well in both starts and looks the biggest threat. BLUE FLUTE (8) showed some improvement last run in a workriders plate and appears to be coming to hand. (Andrew Harrison: 5-13-8).
Preview: The Mike de Kock yard is in mustard form at present and CALIFORNIA COOL (5) impressed when winning on debut. She should enjoy this extended trip. KEEP SMILING (4) was a beaten favourite last run but has been consistent since shedding her maiden. She may be worth another chance. It has been nearly three years since GREEN TOP’s (1) only win but the handicappers have been reluctant to drop her rating as she does show touches of class. (Andrew Harrison: 5-4-1).
Preview: EVENING BELL (4) is lightly raced but showed up well first run back from a lengthy break. She should come on from that effort. EIGHTFOLD LASS (1) shows promise and was just behind Evening Bell when last they met. There should not be much between them again. STAR OF GOBRALTAR (8) was not far back in her comeback sprint and should much prefer this longer trip. PRETTY BALLERINA (3) has not won for some time but is seldom far back and comes from a strong stable. (Andrew Harrison: 4-1-8-3).
Preview: MABELLA (11) landed the odds and was impressive in her debut win in a workriders plare. She has more to do here but should much prefer this trip. CELESTE (10) was an equally easy winner of her maiden but took a little longer for her first win. EVENING RISE (4) showed a welcome return to form at her last start and Piere Strydom is riding well for this stable. (Andrew Harrison: 11-10-4-9).
Preview: SEATTLE FORCE (2) ran a shocker when over racing and fading badly when starting favourite at his last start. However, his form before that was excellent and he deserves another chance. TIRZAN (9) has finished runner-up at his last three and can do better over this shorter trip. GIFT FOR THE GAP (4) has been rested but had good form before that and will feature on his best form. GREEK FIRE (3) was close-up behind Seattle Force last time out and a repeat can see him go close again. (Andrew Harrison: 2-9-4-3).
Preview: TRUE CHARM (4) was a comfortable winner last time out. She is racing fit and can go in again. TRUE TO LIFE (3) returns from a break but has been up against the best of her generation. She could be difficult to beat if not short of a run. ESKIMO KISSES (6) may just have needed her last run and can make a bold bid. DEERUPT (2) returns from a lengthy break but is useful and one to watch. (Andrew Harrison: 4-3-6-2).
Preview: DONDERWEER (6) looks to have scope and made all to win first up out of the maidens. He has drawn a little wide here but the extra should suit. PROMISE (2) is a strong front runner and could make Donderweer work for the lead. FIRED UP (3) beat KING’S ARCHER (1) at his last start and the latter franked that form by winning his next start. Fired Up could still have the upper hand in this match-up. (Andrew Harrison: 6-2-3-1)
De Kock to let out more water
PUBLISHED: November 11, 2019
Two that look to have a bright future are the fillies Mabella and California Cool who line up on the Turffontein inside track tomorrow…
Multiple champion trainer Mike de Kock, reasonably quiet by his standards for much of the early part of the current season, opened the taps last Saturday with six winners that included Barahin’s destruction of the Emperors Palace Charity Mile field. With the Highveld spring season in full swing, De Kock will have his colleagues ducking for cover as he unleashes the talent in his yard.
Two that look to have a bright future are the fillies Mabella and California Cool who line up on the Turffontein inside track tomorrow. Both facile winners on debut and going the mile for the first time, De Kock has kept them apart with California Cool contesting a Graduation Plate and Mabella a lower division handicap.
Given a rating of 86 after shedding her maiden on debut, California Cool has the more difficult task in her set weights race. She is some 20 pounds out at the weights with top rated Snow Palace, so on paper her chances of victory look remote.
That said, California Cool boasts a pedigree to die for and the manner of her maiden win suggests that the step up to 1600m will be right up her alley.
Her dam, Hollywoodboulevard, was trained by now retired Charles Laird and was not the easiest in her racing days. But she was talented and finished second to Igugu in the Gr2 Gauteng Fillies Guineas and won five races from 1200m to a mile so California Cool should not have any trouble seeing out the trip. She also showed a smart turn of foot when coming from way back in shedding her maiden so expect Callan Murray to employ similar tactics tomorrow.
Given the weights, one will need to respect the likes of Snow Palace, Green Top and Keep Smiling but California Cool could turn into something special.
Stable companion Mabella’s rating may be a little misleading as her maiden win came in a lowly workriders plate, not the type of race that De Kock would normally choose for a promising filly to make her debut.
But there was no shortage of confidence from the stable and Mabella started in the red. She duly did a demolition job on the opposition, winning unchallenged by nearly five lengths.
She faces more experienced opposition as she jumps to the mile for the first time, but if the handicappers have it right, the theory being that all have an equal chance, then she too will have her work cut out. But as mentioned, Mabella may be way under the radar and prove too strong for fellow three-year-old Celeste – Paul Peter’s filly shedding her maiden by five but also at her fifth start – and Evening Rise, with a hungry Piere Strydom riding well for Fabian Habib.
Paul Matchett and Muzi Yeni team up on the day and a brace of winners are on the cards for the combination.
I’m not sure how the risqué name of Whiskytangofoxtrot got past the keepers of the stud book but the gelding looks a fair bet in the All To Come Maiden Plate, first leg of the PA.
The gelding has come on steadily since making his debut for Dorrie Sham, and in his first outing for his new stable he came with a telling late run, making up nearly 10 lengths over the final two furlongs to be denied a neck. The mile will be right up his street and Whiskytangofoxtrot should be one of the better bets on the card with opposition trainers cursing under their breath.
Matchett and Yeni team up in the last with the well named Donderweer, the son of Soft Falling Rain primed for bigger things.
He took on a smart field first up out of the maidens and made all the running to hold off the attentions of the feature winning filly Cockney Pride.
But tactics could play a big roll and from a wide draw Yeni may have to settle his mount in behind the better drawn Promise and another recent end-to-end winner Fired Up. Paul Peter’s mare takes no prisoners, winning four of her last five starts from the front and run out of it only once with the winner in receipt of 5.5kg. Fired Up is drawn one on her outside in gate 10 with Donderweer alongside in 11.
The battle for the lead could then play into the hands of seasoned veteran Kings Archer who comes from off the gallop and promising apprentice Cole Dicken gives him 4kg relief from his set weight of 60kg. An interesting race all round.
By Andrew Harrison
AHS scare in Gauteng
PUBLISHED: November 11, 2019
Mike de Kock said: “Hopefully we will sort out all this Horse Sickness nonsense because, if Gauteng horses can’t race in Cape Town, then it is not…
A confirmed case of African Horse Sickness in Gauteng has cast an ominous shadow over the Cape Summer Season with doubts expressed about whether horses from that province will be able to travel to Cape Town.
The Sporting Post reported the outbreak on Saturday morning, saying: “This will unfortunately affect movement into the controlled area for a lot of Kyalami and Randjesfontein and it will impact on movement to the Cape area.”
Mike de Kock, after winning the Victory Moon with the Sun Met-intended Soqrat at the Vaal that afternoon, said: “Hopefully we will sort out all this Horse Sickness nonsense because, if Gauteng horses can’t race in Cape Town, then it is not a season worth talking about.”
The eight-time champion, who is also a founder director of SA Equine Health & Protocols – the company set up to re-open South Africa for direct exports, added: “In South African racing we have got our problems and we are in trouble. We need every bit of betting turnover and we need every bit of participation.
“The powers-that-be need to get their heads around things – and this has to happen. If we have no confidence to travel horses within our own country how can we give our trading partners confidence?”
By Michael Clower