Lily Theresa can improve
PUBLISHED: 28 March 2017
Lily Theresa is looking to make amends and has been expected to improve since her last outing…
Lily Theresa is a big price at 5-1 for the opening Maiden Juvenile Fillies at Kenilworth tomorrow considering the way Joey Ramsden has been dominating the Cape Town two-year-old races.
True, she was beaten over six lengths when only sixth on debut but 12 ran that day and this R1.2 million purchase (she is by Var out of a half-sister to the Golden Horse Casino winner Contador) seems sure to have improved.
Strictly on the book Regal Ruby has her measure – she finished three and a half lengths in front of her in that January race which is still best remembered for the eclipse of the much-touted Miss Frankel – but it was her second run so she does not have the same scope for improvement.
World Sports Betting makes Regal Ruby favourite at 3-1 and has the Justin Snaith newcomer Angel’s Trumpet sharing 5-1 second spot with the Ramsden filly while the Glen Kotzen first-timer Heart Of Legend is next on 6-1.
All but two of the 16 runners are appearing for the first time and it is worth noting, particularly in the absence of any market move of note, that all the last nine two-year-old races at Kenilworth have been won by a horse who has already had a run.
Seven of the 13 in race two are newcomers and Ramsden is responsible for two of them – Bayeto (an Oratorio half-brother to Nocturnal Affair who won the Byerley Turk and also the Portland Handicap at Doncaster in Britain) and True Words, a R2 million Byword colt whose dam was second in the SA Fillies Classic.
“They are two really nice horses but I couldn’t prefer one above the other,” says Ramsden. “Their chances depend on what else is in the race but it is hard to win over six furlongs first time at Kenilworth.”
Why Wouldn’t Yew, fourth to Al Mariachi and Kasimir on the second of his two starts, has the best form and opened joint favourite at 7-2 with Brett Crawford’s newcomer Captain Ram and Justin Snaith’s debutant Fritz Nobis. True Words is on 11-2 and Bayeto on 7-1.
However the one that makes the most appeal is Strategic Power. This 8-1 chance carries the Mayfair colours and started third favourite when ridden by Anton Marcus on debut in January. He managed only 11th of 15 but the reason soon materialised – “he pulled up very shin-sore,” explains Vaughan Marshall.
Emerald Gal, 4-1 for the Racing Association Maiden, wears blinkers for the first time and this should enable her to finally get her head in front. Bookmaker prices suggest she should not beat Lindleys Lane (5-2) or Le Claire (28-10) who was a head in front of her last month but the Darryl Hodgson filly makes real appeal.
Race Four, the 1 400m maiden, is wide open and you can find valid reasons why each of the seven runners should not win. Strikeitlikeamatch was far from disgraced in the Sophomore and, with Aldo Domeyer on board, he gets a wholly tentative vote.
By Michael Clower
Tarry tops Classic boards
Sean Tarry trained Al Sahem is favourite for the R2-million SA Classic (Grade 1) at Turffontein…
Al Sahem, so narrowly beaten in the Betting World Gauteng Guineas over 1600m at Turffontein on March 4, has been priced up 12-10 favourite for the R2-million SA Classic (Grade 1) over 1800m at Turffontein on Saturday.
The Sean Tarry-trained Silvano colt still showed signs of inexperience in the Gauteng Guineas in only his third career start. He ran in snatches down the straight before getting the message in the final 100m and closed fast on start-to-finish winner Janoobi to get beaten by a long head.
Al Sahem had not enjoyed an ideal preparation going into that race and will also relish this longer distance.
Heavenly Blue, who finished third in the Gauteng Guineas, is second favourite at 2-1, with assistant trainer Mathew de Kock believing he can easily turn around the 1.50 lengths with stable companion Janoobi over the 1800m.
The SA Fillies Classic betting is dominated by Tarry-trained Smiling Blue Eyes, winner of the Wilgerbosdrift Gauteng Fillies Guineas and an even-money shot for the second leg of the Wilgerbosdrift Triple Tiara.
She raced wide from a poor draw in the Fillies Guineas and still managed to win impressively with many experts still firmly believing she has the potential to become the third filly after Cherry On The Top and Igugu to win the Wilgerbosdrift Triple Tiara.
The Triple Tiara comprises the Cape Fillies Guineas/Gauteng Fillies Guineas, the SA Fillies Classic and the SA Oaks next month, with a R1-million bonus to a horse who wins all three legs. The SA Classic is the second leg of the SA Triple Crown, which comprises the Cape Guineas/Gauteng Guineas, the SA Classic and the SA Derby with a R2-million bonus for wins in three legs.
Huge tote pools are expected at Turffontein on Saturday including a carryover Pick 6 pool that is estimated to top R5million.
SA Classic betting: 12-10 Al Sahem; 2-1 Heavenly Blue; 7-1 Janoobi; 10-1 Tilbury Fort; 12-1 Furiosa; 16-1 Alaadel; 20-1 Unagi, Kampala Campari; 33-1 Crowd Pleaser.
SA Fillies Classic betting: 1-1 Smiling Blue Eyes; 5-1 Orchid Island; 11-2 Safe Harbour; 7-1 Al Hawraa; 10-1 Captain Gambler; 16-1 Maleficent, Babbling Brooke, Bi Pot; 25-1 Belle Rose; 40-1 Being Fabulous, Oriental Oak; 50-1 My Friend Lee, Philae.
Gold Circle, IOA upbeat
The IOA organisation was recently founded by prolific and passionate KZN owner Brian “Buffalo Bill” Burnard…
A “beneficial meeting conducted in good spirit” took place at Greyville on Friday between Gold Circle and KZN’s Independent Owner’s Association (IOA).
The latter organisation was recently founded by prolific and passionate KZN owner Brian “Buffalo Bill” Burnard.
The current IOA Board consists of three Directors, namely, Brian, Daryll Marescia and Mayesh Chetty, with the latter pair contributing “immensely and passionately”, from the inception of the Association.
The well-being of the industry and all involved in it was the focus of both parties at the meeting and a few important issues were raised with that in mind.
The possibility of introducing a “central billing system” was discussed. The aim of this initiative would be to eradicate the non-payment of training fees by rogue owners and to ensure that Trainers accounts would be up to date. The former occurrence has had a negative effect on a few KZN training yards and repercussions have been felt further afield.
The introduction of a “Training Contract” between Trainer and Owner that would ensure the “eradication of the current ambiguities that exist”, was also discussed.
Stakes increases and how they would be implemented was brought to the table. The IOA highlighted the fact that the percentage figure of average stakes money earned per horse compared to the cost of keeping a horse in training had been dropping.
The possible implementation of a minimum training fee was also discussed with the well-being of Trainers in mind. A few KZN yards have been feeling the pinch in the current economic climate. The IOA calculated a fee which incorporated the minimum amount required to cover all costs of keeping a horse in training as well as enabling a Trainer to make a living. The IOA are in the process of asking their members to pay at least this minimum fee.
The IOA Board reiterated that prior to any agreements being made on any matters, it would first consult with its Members for their approval, or disapproval. Upon the IOA receiving the official position of Gold Circle pertaining to any issue or issues, it would convene a Members meeting.
Both Gold Circle and the IOA said they wished to quash a rumour doing the rounds in the racing industry that the IOA were intent on a “take over” of Gold Circle.
In fact the IOA have been granted office space at Greyville from which to operate, signalling the intent from both parties to induce industry progress transparently and in harmony.
In light of the above, both parties wish to appeal to the public at large, and the Racing Fraternity in particular, to take no notice of statements made, unless officially made by the IOA or Gold Circle.
By David Thiselton
Ramsden’s stars up for KZN
Joey Ramsden is keen on aiming Just Sensual in the South African Fillies Sprint…
Joey Ramsden has been making KZN plans for some of his stable stars and Cape Fillies Guineas winner Just Sensual looks set to drop in trip.
Ramsden said: “Anton Marcus is quite keen to have a go at the South African Fillies Sprint and I think Derek Brugman is too so we will probably run her there.
“The race is a Grade 1 whereas the Daisy Fillies Guineas is only a Grade 2 and you need a draw at Greyville. Mind you, you need one at Scottsville too!”
Vodacom Durban July winner The Conglomerate looks like trying to become the first horse to win South Africa’s most famous race in successive years since El Picha at the turn of the century.
Ramsden said: “He has had a holiday, he is still off a reasonable mark and he will go much the same route as last year except that we may try a bit further with him this time.
“Table Bay will go for the Canon Guineas (May 7) and we will probably give him a run at Scottsville first.”
The colt failed to run up to his brilliant Cape Classic form when starting favourite and finishing third in both the Selangor and the Cape Guineas while he managed only sixth when second favourite for the Investec Cape Derby.
His trainer said: “I haven’t lost faith in him at all – he travelled far too well in the Derby and that was as a result of his previous two outings.”
Vaughan Marshall’s two Scottsville Grade 1 winners of last year will be back for the day of speed on May 27.
He said: “Always In Charge runs in the Pinnacle there on April 16 and then goes for the Tsogo Sun Sprint while The Secret Is Out will run in the Poinsettia on April 30 before contesting the Fillies Sprint.”
Cape Town racing manager Dean Diedericks is putting special organic material into the Durbanville surface layers to stimulate grass growth and he has also installed a specially-designed irrigation system.
He said: “We are still hopeful of resuming racing there in September and October but we will make contingency plans to accommodate those 11 meetings at Kenilworth should that prove necessary.”
By Michael Clower
Varallo does Naidoo proud
Naidoo believes his two-year-olds will give him a SA Champions Season to remember…
The Charles Laird-trained Var colt Varallo showed his class at Scottsville on Sunday and is one of a few promising youngsters who run in the colours of prolific KZN owner Alesh Naidoo.
Naidoo believes his two-year-olds will give him a SA Champions Season to remember.
Varallo had to be pushed along by Anton Marcus for much of the Juvenile Plate event over 1200m in order to stay in touch with the Crusade colt Caladdi, who has plenty of natural speed. Varallo ducked away from the whip when Marcus hit him with his right hand at the business end and this initially looked likely to cost him the race. However, Marcus gathered the horse and in the end the latter just required a couple of reminders to surge forward effortlessly and beat a tiring Caladdi by 2,75 lengths. Varallo is out of the brilliant sprint-miler Covenant, who won a Gr 1 over 1600m as well as three Gr 2s from 1000-1200m. Varallo’s grandam is the outstanding broodmare Secret Pact, who is an own sister to Horse of The Year London News. Other notables in this family are Secret Heart, Promisefrommyheart, Pluck, Three Hearts and Masterofmyfate. Naidoo spotted Varallo at the National Yearling Sales, waited patiently for him to come into the ring and then went to R2 million to land him. Laird described the horse on Sunday as “special” and added “when he realises what racing is all about …”. On the combination of pedigree and style of racing Varallo should stay further than sprints. However, his first Champions Season target will likely be the Gr 1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion on May 27 at Scottsville.
Naidoo has a Gimmethegreenlight filly called Light On her Toes, who is out of the Gr 1 Allan Robertson winner On Her Toes. She is trained by Lezeanne Forbes and finished a flying third on debut over 1200m at Scottsville. Naidoo believes she can follow in her mother’s footsteps. Forbes purchased her for just R70,000 at the National Yearling Sales before selling her on to Naidoo.
Naidoo has hopes for his Alyson Wright-trained Go Deputy filly Flichity By Farr, who is a three-parts sister to Triple Crown hero Abashiri. She was slow away on debut and stayed on nicely for sixth in a Maiden Juvenile Plate over 1200m at Scottsville.
He also has a promising unraced two-year-old filly with Wright.
Naidoo has both a Trippi and an Oratorio two-year-old with Dennis Bosch. The latter is a colt out of a full-sister to the Listed winning Var filly Schiffer and was originally purchased by the under investigation owner Adriaan van Vuuren for R3,2 million. Naidoo landed the colt for R500,000 at a Mixed Sale last November.
Naidoo also has a nice Querari filly with Duncan Howells, whom he said was unraced but “smart” and possibly Allan Robertson material.
Of his older horses he mentioned the Charles Laird-trained Palladium, winner of the Listed Gatecrasher Stakes over 1400m, as a horse who had improved with gelding. His last run as a colt was in January when finishing a 2,9 length third behind Winter Is Coming and the much vaunted Red Chesnut Road in a 1400m Progress Plate on the Greyville polytrack.
By David Thiselton