In The Fast Lane primed for KRA Fillies Guineas
PUBLISHED: May 1, 2014
Justin Snaith said that his star filly In The Fast Lane had been doing very well and reckoned it would take a “smart filly” to beat her in Saturday’s Gr 2 KRA Fillies Guineas, where she has drawn in pole position.
In other important Champions Season news he revealed that Run For It had put up a sparkling bit of work under Kevin Shea at Clairwood and contrary to his earlier opinion he now believes this horse will be ready in time for the Vodacom Durban July, in which he finished second last year.
On Saturday Snaith also has the Gr 1 Investec Cape Derby winner Legislate in the Gr 2 KRA Guineas, while last year’s Gr 2 Betting World 1900 winner Jet Explorer will have his Champions Season pipe opener in the Gr 2 Drill Hall Stakes over 1 400m.
In The Fast Lane worked at Greyville last Thursday and seeing the course beforehand will always be of benefit to a horse’s chances, so she looks primed to deliver.
Snaith said, “Her last run in the Majorca can be ignored as we tried placing her handy and she got caught three wide. It was a disaster. If you take that run away, her form is very strong. She has been doing well in Durban. Her British owners will be flying out to watch the race.”
Legislate has also drawn well in the KRA Guineas and Snaith said, “It is a bit on the short side for him and it is a preparation for the Daily News 2000, but he could surprise. Captain America is the horse to beat, but I want Legislate running on and showing that he will be very competitive in the Daily News.”
Jet Explorer is having his first outing since the J&B Met and Snaith said it would be a preparation run and that from his wide draw he would have to be dropped out.
The yard also run Agra and Varikate in a 1000m Conditions Plate for fillies and mares.
He said, “Agra only arrived in Durban last week because our boxes weren’t ready, so Varikate has had a lot better preparation, despite being laid off after an injury last Summer.
“Agra is sound and very fast and this is her pipe opener for the SA Fillies Sprint. She hasn’t raced since December as there was nothing for her. She has never raced on a turn before, so it will be interesting. Varikate worked at Greyville last week and looked around at everything. She is out at the weights, but could surprise.”
Meanwhile, the yard’s impressive Umkhomazi Stakes winner Harry Lime has come out of the race well and is on track for the Gr 1 Tsogo Sun Medallion at Scottsville on May 24.
Unfortunately one of his chief July contenders Readytogorightnow was eliminated from the Drill Hall and he is now looking at a Pinnacle race on May 18 and the Cup Trial as his qualifying route.[/expand]
Gate speed key for Beach Beauty
PUBLISHED: May 1, 2014
Leading Summerveld trainer Dennis Drier runs three top class horses, Beach Beauty, Master Of My Fate and Eventual Angel, in the Champions Season’s opening meeting at Greyville on Saturday and the yard are happy with all of them.
Beach Beauty has drawn 12 in the defence of her Gr 2 Independent On Saturday Drill Hall Stakes (1 400m) crown, but her early speed has enabled her to overcome plenty of wide draws before.
Assistant trainer Stuart Ferrie said, “She has definitely come on from her run in the Ponsettia, which she needed after coming back from the Cape.”
Master Of My Fate has excelled from 1 200m up to 18 00m, but this will be his first appearance since his unlucky fifth in the J&B Met. He has drawn six in the Drill Hall and Ferry said, “It might be a bit sharp for him, but he is doing well and we had to get him started somewhere.”
Ferrie said that the Right Approach filly Eventual Angel had needed her last start in the Gr 3 Umzimhkulu Stakes over 1 400m at Scottsville, despite winning it by two lengths.
“She has benefitted from it and she won that 1 400m race well enough for the mile to be of little concern. She’s up against a strong field and In The Fast Lane’s form looks very good, but let’s hope there is improvement to come.”
Eventual Angel has drawn in eleven and stable jockey Sean Cormack will be aboard.
Cormack has opted for Beach Beauty in the Drill Hall and Bernard Fayd’Herbe rides Master Of My Fate.[/expand]
Snaith plea ‘for the good of racing’
PUBLISHED: May 1, 2014
Justin Snaith has made a request for trainers to come to the party in solving a countrywide problem whereby races don’t stand up due to a lack of acceptors and he has done it “for the good of racing.”
The problem looks likely to affect a number of Champions Season contenders that can’t get their pipe openers, although it has generally not had any impact on his yard as his visiting string consists mainly of horses with the proven performance and accompanying merit ratings to get into feature races.
In a recent example a handicap race scheduled for Wednesday, April 16 was divided due to the over subscription and the higher division then had 28 remaining nominees.
Of these only three stood their ground.
All three of them were Mike Bass-trained Champions Season contenders, Gifted For Glory, Global Express and Night Trip, who were consequently left without their intended run as the race had to be scrapped.
Snaith referred to the merit rating restrictions placed on visiting trainers that was put in place at the request of local trainers and said that in that case the latter should at least then show an intention of filling the fields, although it should be pointed out that of the 25 scratchings in the aforementioned example, eleven of them were by Cape-based trainers.
The problem is particularly relevant this season due to the number of runners at Greyville currently being restricted to 12, meaning many big race contenders may have to look elsewhere for their preparations.
The Vodacom Durban July will have a field of 16, but the build-up features are currently being restricted to 12.
One of the reasons behind the problem of races not standing up could be the abuse of free nominations, whereby yards enter a host of horses without doing their homework beforehand.
Those trainers who have done their homework then see their horse drawn in the 100s and scratch without knowing that the field would possibly cut down to twelve or less.[/expand]
Paolo earns crack at Winter Guinea
PUBLISHED: April 30, 2014
Justin Snaith has decided to run Easter Monday winner Paolo in the Tekkie Town Winter Guineas at Kenilworth on Sunday rather than travel him to Port Elizabeth for the more valuable East Cape Derby a week later.
He said yesterday: “We didn’t want to send the horse to PE if African Horse Sickness regulations mean he couldn’t come home but we will still have quite a strong hand in the East Cape Derby. I will have Glenton and probably Mantle’s Heath plus some locally-trained horses. It looks the lowest-rated East Cape Derby in years. If they move the race to the polytrack, as they did last year, it would suit my local horses.”
Snaith won both the Winter Guineas and the Fairview race last year with Readytogorightnow and True Master. The latter won the feature on the day Snaith sent out a record seven winners.
Richard Fourie rides Paolo on Sunday and MJ Byleveld has been booked for second string Vice Admiral. The Dean Kannemeyer-trained Power King (Karl Neisius) is expected to start favourite.[/expand]
Captain hard to oppose in KRA Guineas
PUBLISHED: April 30, 2014
The Gr 2 KRA Guineas to be run at the opening meeting of the Champions Season at Greyville on Saturday has only seen ten horses standing their ground, while the Gr 2 KRA Fillies Guineas and Gr 2 Independent On Saturday Drill Hall Stakes have both attracted full fields of 12 plus three reserve runners.
There will be a lot of competition for places in the Greyville features this season due to the turf track having to be narrowed to make way for the new polytrack.
Brett Crawford’s rising star Captain America heads the KRA Guineas field and he will arrive at Greyville on the back of a good grass gallop at Summerveld.
He is drawn seven while his Investec Cape Derby conqueror, the Justin Snaith-trained Legislate, has drawn well in four.
Legislate was well beaten by Captain America when they last met over this trip in the Grand Parade Cape Guineas, but he was clearly not at his best that day.
However, Captain America, a big and strong colt by Captain Al, does look ideally suited to this trip on racecourse evidence and will be hard to beat.
The Alec Laird-trained Chekilli worked well at Summerveld this week but does have a stamina doubt, while his wide draw of nine will compound that concern.
His stablemate Bezanova finished a decent fifth in the Gr 1 SA Classic over 1 800m and won his debut well in his only previous Durban start, so will be interesting back at the coast.
The only filly in the race is the Geoff Woodruff-trained Gr 2 Gauteng Fillies Guineas winner Arcetri Pink. She is obviously ultra tough as this will be her tenth start since her seasonal reappearance on September 29 and the sixth stakes race she has contested this year.
The Vaughan Marshall-trained Chestnut’s Rocket won the Gr 2 Byerley Turk over 1 400m at Scottsville last time out, despite carrying topweight, and is rated as top drawer by his trainer.
However, a wide draw of ten puts a slight dampener on this front-runner’s chances.
The Alistair Gordon-trained Byerley Turk runner up Copybook is 4kg worse off with Chestnut’s Rocket despite being beaten 1,25 lengths, but that run was his return from a problem and he needed it, so he could be the dark horse.
Dean Kannemeyer’s Byerley Turk fifth-placed Speed Rocket will definitely appreciate the step up in trip and should make his presence felt.
Tony Rivalland’s good looking New Zealand-bred Diamond King put up one of his best bits of work this week at Summerveld and should put his disappointing Byerley Turk run behind him as he has a proven liking for Greyville and is drawn well in two.
The Mike Bass-trained Top Jet has drawn in pole position and is an interesting runner, considering he only finished a length behind the highly touted Brett Crawford-trained Futura at level weights over this trip last time out, while being by Jet Master he should be improving all the time.
Last year’s Drill Hall winner the Dennis Drier-trained Beach Beauty is in the race again this year and Sean Cormack has opted for her ahead of her top class stablemate Master Of My Fate, who will be ridden by Bernard Fayd’Herbe.
Beach Beauty ran an eye-catching pipe opener in the Poinsettia and will be the horse to beat again, although Master Of My Fate will be very interesting fresh over this trip as he has been commanding in victory from 1 200m up to 1 800m in his career to date. Beach Beauty has drawn wide, but her early speed will help her, while Master of My Fate has drawn in six.
The Dean Kannemeyer-trained Capetown Noir is a top miler with a blistering turn of foot, but he takes a while to get going in the straight and that proved his undoing when narrowly beaten on this track last year in the KRA Guineas and Daily News 2000.
His stablemate Ice Machine proved he runs well fresh when runner up in this race last year, but he has drawn very wide this year.
The Kumaran Naidoo-trained Royal Zulu Warrior caught the eye with a fantastic turn of speed when galloping on this course last Thursday and should be ideally suited to this trip, so has a good chance from pole position.
The Weiho Marwing-trained Here Comes Billy is full of class and should make his presence felt in sprints up to this trip this Champions Season.
The Charles Laird-trained Rio Carnival has been very impressive in his starts this season since returning from a life threatening injury and will show whether he can step up to this class over an ideal looking trip on Saturday, but he does have a very wide draw.
His stablemate Distinguished has made vast improvement this season and this race is his Champions Season mission, so he has to be considered a strong contender over his optimum trip with Weichong Marwing up.
Silvano’s Jet, Punta Arena, Jet Explorer and No Worries would all prefer further and are likely using the race as a springboard to bigger things, although horses of their class can never be discounted.
The KRA Fillies Guiness has attracted a vintage field consisting of In The Fast Lane, Lanner Falcon, Athina, Maybe Yes, Not Sulking, Santa Carolina, Eventual Angel, Admiral’s Eye, Goldie Coast, Alascan Maiden, Omaticaya and Sea Cat. It is going to be an exciting race and needs some time to analyse as well as finding out just how well each horse is doing.[/expand]