Anything Goes – Favourite for the Thekwini
PUBLISHED: August 12, 2020
David Thiselton THE promising Stuart Pettigrew-trained three-year-old Var filly Anything Goes has been entered for both the Grade 1 Thekwini Stakes and Grade 1 Premier’s Champions Stakes on WSB Gold Cup day August 29 and has drawn well in both. The unbeaten Varsfontein Stud-bred filly is out of unplaced Parade Leader mare Dance Domain, who […]
THE promising Stuart Pettigrew-trained three-year-old Var filly Anything Goes has been entered for both the Grade 1 Thekwini Stakes and Grade 1 Premier’s Champions Stakes on WSB Gold Cup day August 29 and has drawn well in both.
The unbeaten Varsfontein Stud-bred filly is out of unplaced Parade Leader mare Dance Domain, who is a half-sister to Equus Champion Miler Capetown Noir, and she herself is a half-sister to the Grade 3 winner and Grade 1 SA Classic runner up Green Laser.
Anything Goes started her career over 1450m on the Turffontein Inside track where she was drawn six out of 13 and jumped at odds of 11-1 after opening at 14-1. She came from a long way back and displaying a nice big action won in workmanlike style by 1,50 lengths under Diego De Gouveia.
In her next start in a Juvenile Plate over 1400m on the Turffontein Standside track she opened at 3-1 and was backed into 19-10 favourite. This time from a draw of five De Gouveia had her more handy and after moving up under the hands he got to work at the 300m mark and she responded in fine style to fetch the decent Elusive Woman, who had a 4kg claimer aboard, and won by 1,50 lengths. The form has been franked as the 2,25 length third placed War Of Athena has since finished third in the Grade 1 Allan Robertson over 1200 with a flying finish and later won a Graduation Plate over 1400m by 5,50 lengths.
In Anything Goes’ last start she faced a decent field again, this time over 1600m on Turffontein Standside, and started at 8-10. She relaxed well near the back and after creeping up under a double handful she turned it on impressively at the 400m mark to win by a length from Shezaglo, who runs tomorrow at the Vaal. The rest were well beaten.
Anything Goes has been priced up by Track and Ball as 33-20 favourite for the Thekwini and 8-1 for the Premier’s.
A jockey has not been booked yet. De Gouveia has ridden on the Highveld this month so his chances of retaining the ride will be dependent on a change to the current protocols which allow jockeys one move at the beginning of the month.
The second favourite in the Thekwini is the Sean Tarry-trained Caralluma, who was regarded as the meeting banker on Vodacom Durban July day but could only manage second in the Grade 2 Zulu Kingdom Explorer Golden Slipper over 1400m, having impressed with an easy win in the Listed Devon Air Stakes over that same course and distance. This classy filly is by Pomodoro out of a Kahal mare whose two wins were over 1600m and 2000m, so she will relish the step up in trip. However, she has drawn wide in 14 out of 17 entries.
The Golden Slipper winner, the Frank Robinson-trained Love Bomb, is third favourite for the Thekwini together with the Paul Matchett-trained War Of Athena. Jockey Sean Veale has no doubt whatsoever that Love Bomb, who is by Oratorio out of a Captain Al mare, will enjoy a mile. She certainly stayed on strongly from well back in the Golden Slipper and was not stopping at the line. She has drawn well in six.
War Of Athena is by Act Of War and has plenty of stamina in her female side, so she should have no problem with the trip. She is going to be dangerous as she hardly came off the bit last time over 1400m on Turffontein Standside when thumping Elusive Woman by 5,50 lengths. On the occasion she was beaten 2,25 lengths by Anything Goes she was finishing strongly and likely needed it because in comparison to Elusive Woman she has improved 6.25 lengths from that run.
Next in the betting is Princess Calla, who has been moved to the Adam Marcus yard. This Flower Alley filly has plenty of substance and won going away by 3,20 lengths on debut over 1200m on the Hollywoodbets Greyville poly. She is out of the Grade 2-winning Captain Al filly Princess Royal, who is a half-sister to the champion filly Princess Victoria, and she certainly looks classy so has to go into the equation.
The Glen Kotzen-trained Jasmine stayed on strongly for third in the Golden Slipper and this Futura filly, being a three-quarters sister to the decent stayer Alexander, will relish the step up in trip. However, she has landed a tough draw of 16.
Trickster raced without cover in the Golden Slipper one out and back and stayed on well for fourth but she will have her work cut out reversing a beating of over two lengths by both Love Bomb and Caralluma.
Maledimo and Sentbydestiny, fifth and sixth in the Golden Slipper, could improve on those performances if their races pan out better but they have tricky draws of 11 and 12 respectively.
The Paul Peter-trained Cloth Of Ice could improve if ridden more handy than last time, when beaten six lengths by Anything Goes over 1600m despite receiving 2kg.
The rest don’t make as much appeal as those mentioned.
The field will be limited to 14 runners. The final supplementary entry stage ends at 11h00 on August 17 and declarations are due by 11h00 on August 20.
The only declaration so far is Richard Fourie to ride Trickster.
Pictured: The Sean Tarry-trained Caralluma.
Photo: Candiese Lenferna
Hollywoodbets Greyville Poly Wednesday 12 August – Comments by Andrew Harrison
PUBLISHED: August 11, 2020
RACE 1: 8 ZIVA LA WINTER 1 PURPLE POWAHOUSE 7 MONSOON 9 SILVANO’S TIMER PREVIEW: ZIVA LA WINTER (8) took on strong feature company last start. He has shown some ability and can go close in this line-up. PURPLE POWAHOUSE (1) shows consistent form. Poly debut but meets a weak field. MONSOON (7) makes his […]
RACE 1: 8 ZIVA LA WINTER 1 PURPLE POWAHOUSE 7 MONSOON 9 SILVANO’S TIMER
PREVIEW: ZIVA LA WINTER (8) took on strong feature company last start. He has shown some ability and can go close in this line-up. PURPLE POWAHOUSE (1) shows consistent form. Poly debut but meets a weak field. MONSOON (7) makes his debut as a four-year-old but was not far back in a barrier trial. He is one to watch along with the well-bred first timer SILVANO’S TIMER (9). (Andrew Harrison: 8-1-7-9).
RACE 2: WINGS OF FIRE 4 ANMER HALL 5 EMERALD FLOE 6 BORN TO ROCK
PREVIEW: WINGS OF FIRE (2) has shown up well in both starts. Good draw and stable is in form. ANMER HALL (4) makes her local debut. Her last two efforts were in soft ground and she can do better on the poly. EMERALD FLOE (5) has not been too far behind two smart performers and can do much better in this line-up. BORN TO ROCK (6) was disappointing in the soft last run. She had steady form before that and can go close on her best form. (Andrew Harrison: 2-4-5-6).
RACE 3: 3 GAVEL STRIKE 1 THE GAUL 2 WINTER GUARD 10 MONTANA SKY
PREVIEW: GAVEL STRIKE (3) has been consistent and goes well on the poly. He should go close. THE GAUL (1) is lightly raced. He has had two starts since a break and looks primed for this event. WINTER GUARD (2) has made some recent improvement but has not been far back. He should go well in this line-up. MONTANA SKY (10) has improved in blinkers. He goes well over this trip and has a money chance. (Andrew Harrison: 3-1-2-10).
RACE 4: 3 FREE TO WIN 9 LEGITIMATE 6 SEA MASTER 1 HATTON HALL
PREVIEW: FREE TO WIN (3) has been runner-up in both starts. He enjoyed the extra last start and should go close from a favourable draw. LEGITIMATE (9) showed up well in his sprint debut. He can do much better over this trip. SEA MASTER (6) made good improvement second time out. The blinkers go on and he is one to watch in the betting. HATTON HALL (1) is lightly raced but was running on strongly in his first run back from a lengthy break. Not out of it. (Andrew Harrison: 3-9-6-1).
RACE 5: 5 WALTON HALL 11 BHAKKA 1 WALTERTHEPENNILESS 3 TARZAN
PREVIEW: WALTON HALL (5) has put in two promising efforts from poor draws since returning from a break. He looks ready now and has a better gate. BHAKKA (11) has drawn wide but found good marker support last start. He may have found that trip too far and can do better here. WALTERTHEPENNILESS (1) took on stronger last outing. He is seldom far back and from a favourable draw should be in the shake-up. TARZAN (3) was a game winner last time out. He has come good for his new stable and must be respected. (Andrew Harrison: 5-11-1-3).
RACE 6: 2 ELECTRIC SURGE 10 LADY LEGEND 8 KAY TEE PERRY 1 TWICE AS SMART
PREVIEW: ELECTRIC SURGE (2) has shown up well in two starts since a break. She looks best over this trip. LADY LEGEND (10) has improved with every outing since returning from a break. She has a 4kg claimer up and should be right there. KAY TEE PERRY (8) made no show first run out of the maidens. She does appear to have issues but is certain to improve on her last effort as she makes her poly debut. TWICE AS SMART (1) showed up well in a recent sprint and is back over a more suitable trip from a good draw. (Andrew Harrison: 2-10-8-1).
RACE 7: 1 TRACES 6 IN CAHOOTS 12 GURU’S PRIDE 10 WAYWOOD
PREVIEW: TRACES (1) needed his last run when taking on stronger. He has been a touch disappointing but at best rates a strong chance. IN CAHOOTS (6) has taken to the poly track. He was caught late last run when jumping from a wide draw and can go one better. GURU’S PRIDE (12) has been trying further but is effective over this trip although a wide draw could be a concern. WAYWOOD (10) showed up well first run back from a break and should come on from that. (Andrew Harrison: 1-6-12-10).
RACE 8: 1 COLOUR OF LIGHT 8 NOT NOW PUSSYCAT 12 FIRST SIGHTING 4 MAKHET
PREVIEW: COLOUR OF LIGHT (1) has shown up well in three starts for her new stable and should be thereabouts again. NOT NOW PUSSYCAT (8) did not enjoy the blinkers last run. She was a narrow winner over course and distance before that and a repeat will see her in the firing line. FIRST SIGHTING (12) was a beaten favourite last run but has improved in blinkers. She has drawn wide but has a claiming apprentice up and should feature. MAKHET (4) is never far back. She was a beaten favourite last run and can make amends in a wide open race. (Andrew Harrison: 1-8-12-4).
RACE 9: 1 HAMPTON COURT 11 ELEGANT GENERAL 12 PANTSULA 9 CHARLIE-FOX
PREVIEW: HAMPTON COURT (1) has come good since a break and from a good draw should be right there. ELEGANT GENERAL (11) made a smart local debut after her previous win in Kimberley. She must have a chance on those showings. PANTSULA (12) has been trying further but has a chance in this line-up. CHARLIE-FOX (9) is back from a break. He is far better than his last effort and with a light weight can go all the way. (Andrew Harrison: 1-11-12-9).
Diamondsandpearls set to sparkle
PUBLISHED: August 8, 2020
Andrew Harrison THE racing season officially ended on the last day of July but thanks to the now notorious virus lock-down, the running of the Vodacom Durban July was delayed by a month and there has been a further four-week hiatus between the July and the World Sports Betting Gold Cup meeting to be held […]
THE racing season officially ended on the last day of July but thanks to the now notorious virus lock-down, the running of the Vodacom Durban July was delayed by a month and there has been a further four-week hiatus between the July and the World Sports Betting Gold Cup meeting to be held on Saturday, August 29.
It will again be a close-shop affair with only essential staff on course and more is the pity with three Gr1 races, the Gold Cup and a host of other features making up the programme.
With the majority of the top horses already warmed up and ticking over for the big meeting, the quality of racing in the interim has tailed off but that’s not to say it does not remain interesting.
A race in point is the Soccer Any15 Handicap that heads the card at Hollywoodbets Greyville tomorrow.
It is a high merit rated handicap that has attracted some smart fillies who could well make their presence felt come the last Saturday of the month.
Diamondsandpearls takes a further step up in class and victory here and could set her up for a crack at some black type in the months to come.
She has won three of her last four starts, all on the poly, but the switch to the turf should not trouble her. At her penultimate start she was touched off by Cherry Road over seven furlongs when jumping from a wide gate but showed her true worth when trying 2000m for the first time last time out. She made most of the running under stable rider Donovan Dillon and although only getting home by a neck, she was never in danger of defeat.
She got a four-pound rise in the ratings for that effort but that may not be enough to stop her as she gets weight from many of her biggest dangers, notably stable companions Perfect Air and Escape Club.
Perfect Air in particular has a smart recent record, playing second fiddle to VDJ runner Mayabi Gold last time out and prior to that just getting the better of the useful Connect Me.
On a line through Connect Me and Rille, Perfect Air would appear to have the wood on Diamondsandpearls but the latter has a handy galloping weight and, even though a five-year-old, is lightly raced and only now hitting her straps.
Connect Me finished four lengths back to Diamondsandpearls when last they met and is 2.5kg better off. This is her third run after a break and should strip close to her peak.
Escape Club, On The Double, Rille and Star Vega are others to consider in an open but exciting contest.
Sean Tarry is in town until after Gold Cup and he saddles Magical Flight in the opening leg of the Pick 6. She showed plenty of speed when second best behind the smart Winter Smoke when taking on winners. That was a big effort and she should make a bold bid even though she goes this trip for the first time. Biggest threat could be My Lady who has been knocking at the door. She jumps from a good draw and should be thereabouts again
Dean Kannemeyer broke his season’s ice with Fade To Black at Hollywoodbets Scottsville last Wednesday and he saddles the regally bred Lion’s Head in the fourth. The son of Dynasty has put up two smart sprints and should much prefer the extra. From a good draw he should go very close. Of the balance, Chapter And Verse was a close-up fourth from the worst of the draw last run. He has put up two smart efforts and must have a big chance along with Ibutho that came in for strong market support on debut and was not far back. He is likely to make improvement on that first effort.
Dutch Alley and News Stream look set to fight out the fifth. Dutch Alley has cracking form over the trip but a cautionary is that most of his recent starts have been on the poly. News Stream tried further last start but has good form over this trip. He has drawn well and should at least go close. Arizona bolted in last start when taking on stronger but got a hefty shunt up the handicap for his efforts which could have put paid to his winning chances while a lurker could be Karoo Lark who is back from a break and lightly raced.
The last two legs of the Pick 6 look a lot more difficult. Divine Hugh is lightly raced back and came back strongly after a break. He looks the part in this field. Storm Ruler has a tricky draw but has shown up well in two starts for his new stable. Everdene takes on males but has been running consistently. She gets first time blinkers which could make all the difference.
It may be prudent to load up in the last leg with plenty in with winning chances. Kenneth Macarthur is lightly raced and was narrowly beaten over course and distance last start after finding strong market support. He can go one better. All Time High, Sonjador and Flying Pekan may be others to consider.
DIAMONDSANDPEARLS image by Candiese Lenferna
Mfanelo Zooms Home
PUBLISHED: August 5, 2020
Andrew Harrison MOST jockeys battle to keep their weight in check. For apprentice Mfanelo Zuma it is a battle to put weight on. He arrived at the South African Jockey Academy weighing a little over 40kg and has been on a diet to boost his weight. He now goes to scale at 48kg so put […]
MOST jockeys battle to keep their weight in check. For apprentice Mfanelo Zuma it is a battle to put weight on. He arrived at the South African Jockey Academy weighing a little over 40kg and has been on a diet to boost his weight. He now goes to scale at 48kg so put up 8kg of dead weight to ride Wylie’s Wonder at Hollywoodbets Scottsville yesterday.
Gareth van Zyl’s filly was set to carry 60kg but with only one Kimberley winner under his belt, Zuma claims a regulation 4kg apprentice allowance and he needed it all to touch of multiple champion jockey Anton Marcus on race favourite and the rather luckless Lady Of Lutetia.
In his haste to get to the line, Zuma got himself into a tangle as he took the scenic route home, but he kept his mount going just long enough to hold Lady Of Lutetia.
“He’s strong and he’s brave and he’s got the right attitude,” said trainer Shane Humby.
Marcus, who had one of his worst months in recent years with only two winners in July, had earlier worked hard for his crust aboard the MJ Odendaal-trained Shavout.
Very green in only his second start, Marcus was hard at work before the final turn and then kept his mount all the way up the straight. Just when he looked to have the race in the bag, Tree Of Knowledge came roaring home under apprentice Kyle Strydom who failed by a piece of paper to catch Shavout. “This win was a big relief. I was beginning to think that there was a piece of pork in the winner’s circle,” quipped Marcus – he of Jewish faith.
In five starts, Tree Of Knowledge had finished no closer than nine lengths to the winner and a combined 80 lengths at his last two starts. However, Michael Roberts explained, “He was never right. But he had ulcers and I gave him a break. I didn’t think he could win today but I was hoping for him to run a place.”
Marcus and Odendaal go back a long way with Marcus a year behind Odendaal in the Jockey Academy. Odendaal’s career in the saddle was cut short by a series of horrific falls and on one occasion the pair also shared a hospital ward.
Odendaal had another near miss as he wrecked a wheel on his car on the way to Scottsville after hitting a large piece of metal lying on the highway.
Sands gearing up for Gold Cup day
PUBLISHED: August 5, 2020
David Thiselton Rainbow Bridge pulled up from the Vodacom Durban July with a slight knee niggle so will be monitored before a decision is made about him defending his Grade 1 Champions Cup crown on Gold Cup day, 29 August. His Eric Sands-trained stablemates Golden Ducat and Driving Miss Daisy are on track for the […]
Rainbow Bridge pulled up from the Vodacom Durban July with a slight knee niggle so will be monitored before a decision is made about him defending his Grade 1 Champions Cup crown on Gold Cup day, 29 August.
His Eric Sands-trained stablemates Golden Ducat and Driving Miss Daisy are on track for the Champions Cup and the Grade 2 Gold Bracelet respectively.
Sands said about Rainbow Bridge, “He seems fine and we will check him but I won’t risk anything.”
Sands said he had been a little disappointed with Rainbow Bridge’s sixth place finish in the July.
He elaborated, “He has always run a little below par in his second run after a layoff but he had that respiratory problem upon arriving at Summerveld so had to miss the Drill Hall.”
Sands then admitted, “I outwitted myself a little bit really…”
He explained he had anticipated the chief Snaith trio of Belgarion, Do It Again and Bunker Hunt coming across from their wide draws and believed he would thus be trapped on the rail. Consequently, he had asked the jockeys to move off the rail in the first 400m.
He continued, “The filly (Silvano’s Pride) was out in front but the real pace was just in front of us. However, that pace fell away too soon. My pair were the only two up there who stayed on the others all fell away and finished close to tailed off. So, it just did not pan out well for us. It was no fault of the jockeys though, there was nothing wrong with their efforts.”
The sectional timing data provided by statistician Jay August showed the Sands pair to have gone through the 1800m mark in the lead in a blistering time of 107.46 seconds, which was 1,57 seconds faster than the previous fastest July to that point on the new narrow track and more than four-and-a-half seconds quicker than the 2018 and 2019 Julys. Golden Ducat and Rainbow Bridge thus did extremely well to stay on for a 1,90 length fourth and 2,75 length sixth respectively.
Rainbow Bridge finished 0,40 lengths behind Do It Again last year when receiving half-a-kilogram and this year was 1,85 lengths behind the latter when giving away half-a-kilogram, which equates to only about a quarter of a kilogram worse performance in comparison to the latter from last year.
Sands, along with many pundits, was particularly impressed by Golden Ducat’s performance.
The big Philanthropist gelding had not handled Hollywoodbets Greyville well in his first two SA Champions Season starts and he had consequently been fitted with a new noseband for the July Gallops. That change brought the best out of him so was retained for the July.
In the big race Golden Ducat raced without cover from the Drill Hall onwards in a handy position behind the strong pace with his half-brother Rainbow Bridge in his slipstream. After being overtaken by the latter at the 200m mark he amazingly fought back and ran all the way to the line, finishing almost as strongly as the first three who had come from way off the pace.
Golden Ducat’s performance, on paper, had also improved despite the race having not panned out well for him. In his previous start in the Grade 1 Daily News 2000 he had finished 1,55 lengths behind the comfortable winner Got The Greenlight and in the July on the same weight terms he had finished just 1,1 lengths behind the latter despite the latter having been flat to the boards.
Sands said, “He is on the up.”
He added that having shown speed over 2200m and staying on well he believed the classic 1800m distance of the Champions Cup would suit him.
Driving Miss Daisy has also been in fine form and will be a big runner in the Gold Bracelet over 2000m. She stayed on well in the Grade 1 Woolavington 2000 and looked the winner before Summer Pudding got going to beat her by 0,90 lengths. Then on July day, wearing first-time blinkers in the Grade 1 Jonsson Workwear Garden Province Stakes over 1600m, she ran on strongly from the back of the field for a fine 1,90 length fourth in a star-studded field.
Image of Rainbow Bridge by Candiese Lenferna