Plans for African Warrior
PUBLISHED: November 13, 2019
“African Warrior runs in the Concorde. I placed him well in Durban and then really exposed him for the first time in the Matchem…
African Warrior, ante-post favourite for both the Concorde Cup and the Cape Merchants at Kenilworth on Saturday week, will stick to his own age group in the mile race.
Dean Kannemeyer said yesterday: “African Warrior runs in the Concorde. I placed him well in Durban and then really exposed him for the first time in the Matchem. He was badly drawn but it was a fantastic run and I think his best performance so far, fifth behind horses like One World.
“He had good workout round the turn at Kenilworth before the first race last Saturday. Keagan de Melo rode him and he did pacework from the 1 400. He went well and I was pleased with him.
“I think he should get the mile of the Concorde, being by Vercingetorix out of a Jet Master mare. He is tough and sound and, although only small, he is as hard as a rock.”
Kannemeyer won the Concorde’s predecessor, the Selangor, six times in his first nine years as a trainer. “That was a long time ago – they still had black and white movies in those days,” he quipped but he also has Premiers Champion runner-up Liberty Hall, Seventh Gear and Sir Michael in the race.
“Seventh Gear will probably participate but, although I haven’t made a decision yet, it might come a little bit too soon for Liberty Hall. He had a slight travel sickness when he arrived back from Durban so we were a bit slow getting him going again and I gave him a run in a handicap up the straight on Tuesday last week.”
African Night Sky will have his first race since changing stables, and starting favourite for Justin Snaith in last year’s Vodacom Durban July, in the Cape Merchants. He then damaged a tendon, reportedly in transit from Durban, and this will be his first start for Kannemeyer.
The Milnerton trainer, who won the Merchants with 25-1 shock Honour The Guest 16 years ago, said: “We are trying to get African Night Sky ready for the Sun Met. He has had two grass gallops – he went to Durbanville and on Tuesday last week he did 800m pacework at Kenilworth. We will see how he comes out of the Merchants and take it from there.”
By Michael Clower
Hawwaam must pass the gate
PUBLISHED: November 13, 2019
Hawwaam contests a Pinnacle Plate over 1200m, a distance well short of his optimum trip, but he has suffered only a single reverse in a career spanning…
Anton Marcus makes the long trip to the Vaal tomorrow with one mission in mind – making sure that Hawwaam passes his test at the starting stalls.
Mike de Kock’s colt has always had temperament issues, boiling over in the paddock before the SA Derby and having to be scratched, and famously blowing his chances in the Vodacom Durban July after kicking the back gate and being withdrawn by the course vet.
De Kock said over the weekend that a lot of work has since gone into reschooling the colt and hopefully it will all pay off tomorrow.
Hawwaam contests a Pinnacle Plate over 1200m, a distance well short of his optimum trip, but he has suffered only a single reverse in a career spanning seven starts over distances from 1400m to 2000m.
The colt is a rare talent when his behaviour does not get the better of him and top class horses sprint and stay. Hawwaam should have too much class, even for a smart field of sprinters that are in opposition and the 2-1 offered by Track & Ball in the ante-post market look generous. De Kock, Marcus and a host of supporters will be relieved once the gates open and Hawwaam gets away on terms.
The opposition includes last season’s Gr1 Golden Horseshoe winner Chimichurri Run and should Hawwaam be caught out for what ever reason, Sean Tarry’s colt is there to pick up the pieces. He was on offer at 22-10 in the opening call with bookmakers obviously expecting him to give Hawwaam a race. Chimichurri Run has had the benefit of a pipe-opener, finishing under a length back to Prince Of Kahal in the Jo’burg Spring Challenge, so he will strip race-ready.
Rebel’s Champ (7-2) – is the only other runner in single figures – and Will Pays (12-1) are smart sprinters in their own right, but in spite of his lay-off and the 62kg on his back, Hawwaam should be difficult to beat, given that he does not blow the start.
Tarry gives three of his top runners their first run of the season in the International Jockey’s Challenge 16 November Pinnacle Stakes over 1400m. Celtic Sea, Return Flight and the mare Desert Rhythm are all smart performers but Celtic Sea looks the pick and will start at cramped odds.
She ended last season with wins in the Gr1 SA Fillies Sprint over 1200m and Gr1 Garden Province Stakes over 1600m on Vodacom Durban July day.
Celtic Sea was beaten in her last race of the season but put up what was arguably her best showing. Making nearly all the running in the Gr1 Mercury Sprint, she was only reeled in two jumps from the line by top sprinter Kasimir.
With Lyle Hewitson plying his trade in Hong Kong, Gavin Lerena takes over in the saddle and should get off to a winning start given that she is 5-10 in the market.
Hawwaam and Celtic Sea will be anchors in many an exotic bet but if they fluff their lines, pay-outs will escalate accordingly.
The first three legs of the Pick 6 are maiden plates with 20-horse fields, a recipe for a coupe of upsets if ever there was one.
In the opening leg, Akwaan can feature in a weak field. He improved at his second start and the tongue-tie comes off. He is a weak 9-2 favourite and 12-1 shot City Dancer could prove better value. He was much improved second time out and Piere Strydom is riding well for this stable.
Willo’thewisp, Var Aglow and River Jordan are the only three runners quoted in single figures for the fourth and with the balance of the exposed runners showing modest form and a host of first timers, this trio could see you through this leg of the Pick 6.
Our Man From Havana and Banha Bridge, both 33-10, are vying for favouritism in the fifth, and look the pick. A threat could be Arnica Montana (12-1). He has turned into something of a bookies favourite and faded out when tried over further last run. The blinkers go on and he may be worth another chance although he cannot be relied upon.
The sixth sees a small field line up over 2400m in what could be a tricky affair. Laconia has had plenty of chances but does stay the trip – finishing second three times – and is seldom far off them. She will never get a better chance although she shares favouritism with Miss Cap Mala, both 15-10.
Ring Of Fire (14-10) is at short odds to round off the meeting but it doesn’t look quite that straight forward. Silver Master, Scoop and Topmast and all upset.
By Andrew Harrison
Kildonan Bay to shade Alphonse Baby
PUBLISHED: November 13, 2019
Kildonan Bay has shown up well in both starts to date and put in a smart effort on debut over course and distance. The blinkers go on and Doug Campbell’s…
Punters face a testing card at Hollywoodbets Greyville today. It’s one of those cards where it is all favourites or a few bombers – the trick is to find the bombers which is not always easy.
The early betting suggests that the opening leg of the PA should rest between Kildonan Bay and Alfonse Baby.
Kildonan Bay has shown up well in both starts to date and put in a smart effort on debut over course and distance. The blinkers go on and Doug Campbell’s homebred should be good enough to at least see you safely through the first leg of the exotic bet. Alfonse Baby will be a threat after making good improvement second time out over course and distance and is likely to come on a little more with the experience.
The first leg of the Pick 6 is a Qualified Maiden where Seen The Light looks the part. Shane Humby’s charge has only had three outings, two close-up leading into this race, and he should prove difficult to beat.
The first leg of the jackpot looks a little more competitive but Down To Earth has improved with every outing and was narrowly beaten over course and distance last time out. A repeat should see her close again. Queen Of Beauty was a well-beaten second at just her second start but should make further improvement and will be a contender. Of the balance, Blush Of Dawn is seldom too far back and jumps from the best draw and it is good to see Ant Mgudlwa back in the saddle after his fall at Scottsville. Silver Wisp has only had one start and was not too far back. She should come on lengths from that effort and can surprise.
Noble Joshua bids for a fourth straight win in the fifth, a rare achievement in this day of merit rated handicaps. He took a 2kg penalty for his last win which could leave the way clear for Sea Dance who showed consistent form for Paul Peter and made a smart debut for his new yard. He is in receipt of 5.5kg from Noble Joshua and looks the pick of the pair.
Gary Rich has a small string but his horses are firing of late and Connect Me looks set for the sixth win of her career. She ran a smart race over a mile last time out and goes this trip for the first time. If she stays, she will be right there. Judging by the riding arrangements, Oratorina is the ‘right’ one of Gavin Van Zyl’s runners with Warren Kennedy aboard. However, she has not been out since April which is a bit of a concern whereas Sea Venture has had two warm-ups leading into this event and looks the pick of the pair. Dennis Drier sends out Escape Club who has taken time to come to hand following a lengthy lay-off. She is back over her best course and distance and the blinkers have been exchanged for a tongue-tie which could prove a key to an improved performance.
Joseph Jagger has made steady improvement since gelding and blinkers and although he takes to the poly for the first time, he could prove difficult to peg back in the seventh. Whateverittakes made good improvement at his second start and also makes his poly debut. But the trip will suit and he should show further improvement. Just Dixit is the highest rated runner but disappointed at his last two and flattered to deceive before that. Leave him out at your peril.
Finally, Agent Murphy has his third run after a break and from a good draw looks well set for the eighth. Danger could come in the form of Captain Cobalt who was never in the hunt from a wide draw last outing but was close-up at his previous start. He has a bright chance in a tricky race. Juniper Lane and At The Opera are others to consider.
By Andrew Harrison
Hollywoodbets Greyville Wednesday Tips and Race Previews
PUBLISHED: November 13, 2019
Hollywoodbets Greyville Wednesday November 13 Tips and Race Previews by Andrew Harrison…
Hollywoodbets Greyville Wednesday Tips and Race Previews by Andrew Harrison
4 LUNDY’S LAD 5 VALIANT KNIGHT (1) OPENSEA 2 ATACAMA RAID
LUNDAY’S LAD (4) has been close-up in all three starts. He was a beaten favourite last run but that form has worked out quite well and he could get it right this time around. VALLIANT KNIGHT (5) has run his two best races on the poly and was much improved last time out. The blinkers go on and he could roove a threat to the selection. OPENSEA (10 has been a bookmakers friend so far in his career. He has been rested and would appear to prefer it a bit further but he is seldom far back. ATACAMA RAID (2) comes from an in form yard and goes well over course and distance. (Andrew Harrison: 4-5-1-2).
7 KILDONAN BAY 4 ALFONSE BABY 3 KATIE’S TREASURE 1 BALLY BUE
Preview: KILDONAN BAY (7) has shown up well in both starts to date and put in a smart effort on debut over course and distance. The blinkers go on. ALFONSE BABY (4) made good improvement second time out and over course and distance. She is likely to make further improvement. KATIE’S TREASURE (3) has yet to run a bad race and was a close-up third last run. She stretches over another furlong which may be what she needs. BALLY BUE (1) is a lightly raced five-year-old who could surprise. (Andrew Harrison: 7-4-3-1).
3 SEEN THE LIGHT 1 ACADEMY AWARD 2 LIFE’S A GAMBLE 5 BLACK DEVON
Preview: SEEN THE LIGHT (3) is lightly raced but has had two warm-ups leading into this race and should be cherry-ripe. ACADEMY AWARD (2) has gone well over course and distance. He is the highest rated horse in what is a weak qualified maiden field. LIFE’S A GAMBLE (2) makes his poly debut. He has shown some ability and can feature. BLACK DEVON (5) is battling but is better than his last showing and can finish in the money. (Andrew Harrison: 3-1-2-5).
2 DOWN TO EARTH 9 QUEEN OF BEAUTY 3 BLUSH OF DAWN 10 SILVER WISP
Preview: DOWN TO EARTH (2) has made steady improvement and was narrowly beaten over course and distance last time out. A repeat should see her close again. QUEEN OF BEAUTY (9) was a well-beaten second last run but should make further improvement and will be a contender. BLUSH OF DAWN (3) is seldom too far back and jumps from the best draw. Good to see Ant Mgudlwa back in the saddle after his fall at Scottsville. SILVER WISP (10) has only had one start and was not too far back. She should come on lengths from that effort and can surprise. (Andrew Harrison: 2-9-2-10).
5 SEA DANCE 1 NOBLE JOSHUA 2 TWICE AS SMART 4 POLLARD
Preview: SEA DANCE (5) made a smart debut for his new stable. He had promising Highveld form before that and has a handy weight here. NOBLE JOSHUA (1) has been successful in his last three, all on the Hollywoodbets Scottsville turf. It is generally difficult for a horse to win four on the bounce but he must have a chance in this line-up. The mare TWICE AS SMART (2) has dropped six points in the ratings and could be competitive off her new rating. POLLARD (4) goes well on the poly and is another to consider. (Andrew Harrison: 5-1-2-4).
5 CONNECT ME 7 SEA VENTURE 8 ORATORINA 2 ESCAPE CLUB
Preview: CONNECT ME (5) ran a smart race over a mile last time out and goes this trip for the first time. If she stays she will be right there. Judging by the riding arrangements, ORATORINA (8) is the ‘right’ on of Gavin Van Zyl’s runners with Warren Kennedy aboard. However, she has not been out since April which is a bit of a concern whereas SEA VENTURE (7) has had two warm-ups leading into this event and looks the pick of the pair. ESCAPE CLUB (2) has taken time to come to hand following her lengthy lay-off. She is back over her best course and distance and may be worth one more chance. The blinkers come off. (Andrew Harrison: 5-7-8-2).
5 JOSEPH JAGGER 10 WHATEVERITTAKES 9 TIGER TANK 6 ALL TIME HIGH
Preview: Tricky. JOSEPH JAGGER (5) has come well in blinkers and switches to the poly. He may be the one to beat. WHATEVERITTAKES (10) made good improvement at his second start. He makes his poly debut but the trip ill suit and he should show further improvement. TIGER TANK (9) is another that improved second time out and can do better over this trip. ALL TIME HIGH (6) was not far back in his first two and steps up to what could be a more suitable trip while JUST DIXIT (1) is the highest rated runner but disappointed at his last two and flattered to deceive before that. Leave him out at your peril. (Andrew Harrison: 5-10-9-6-1).
2 AGENT MURPHY 4 CAPTAIN COBALT 3 JUNIPER LANE 9 AT THE OPERA
Preview: AGENT MURPHY (2) has his third run after a break. From a good draw he should be right there. CAPTAIN COBALT (4) was never in the hunt from a wide draw last outing. He was close-up at his previous start and has a chance in a tough race. JUNIPER LANE (3) was an easy maiden winner last run but appears to have improved in blinkers and can feature again. AT THE OPERA (9) has a wide draw to contend with but has come to hand of late. (Andrew Harrison: 2-4-3-9).
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