Forbes fabulous five-timer
PUBLISHED: November 16, 2014
Alec Forbes rode a magnificent five-timer at Greyville’s rescheduled polytrack meeting yesterday including the Denis Bosch-trained Cherry Tripper (pictured). Forbes rode two for Bosch, two for Alistair Gordon and one for Wendy Whitehead. Warren Kennedy rode a double for Mike de Kock.
At Greyville’s Friday night meeting, which was jampacked with enthusiastic racegoers, Brandon Lerena rode a treble and trainers Michael Roberts and Craig Eudey both had doubles.
Turffontein provided yesterday’s highlight where the first leg of the Jockey’s International was staged together with two features. Anthony Delpech rode a double for South Africa and Richard Fourie also scored a winner for his country.
The International team’s Andreas Helfenbein of Germany won the first challenge race of the day. The score going into today’s second leg at Kenilworth is South Africa 255 Internationals 152.
Trainer Tyrone Zackey had a fine day at the meeting, sending out the Scott Brothers-bred Miesque’s Approval gelding Judicial to win the Gr 2 Victory Moon Stakes over 1800m under Karl Zechner, having earlier watched his Scotts Brothers-bred Mogok colt Front Rank relishing the soft conditions and easily beating a classy field in a three-year-old handicap over 1600m under Piere Strydom.
The Listed Gardenia Handicap over 1000m was won easily by the Lucky Houdalakis-trained Wilgersbosdrift Stud three-year-old Trippi filly Ha Lucy, kicking off a memorable double for Zechner.
Picture: Cherry Tripper and Alec Forbes winning at Greyville yesterday (Nkosi Hlophe)
Bellicosity may have the edge
PUBLISHED: November 14, 2014
Greyville has a polytrack double header this weekend, tonight and Sunday respectively, and there look to be one or two decent opportunities for punters.
In the first tonight over 1200m the promising Varbration will be all the rage, but Bellicosity looks useful and with a 4kg advantage over the former is not going to be easy to catch, so is preferred.
Google Me has been knocking on the door over 1200m and Brandon Lerena retains the ride so she gets the verdict in the second from a good draw over Elusive Lady and You’re The Tops.
Dennis Drier has a trio of runners in the third over 1200m and stable jockey Sean Cornack is aboard the Count Dubois first-timer Count Your Words, who jumps from pole position. However, stablemate Slewsgate, who returns from a 220 day layoff, made a fair debut behind a useful type and is tipped to beat the former with Fantasy Art next best.
Ivanovich has some fair form over further so is interesting with blinkers on in the fourth over 1200m, and is fancied to beat the Dynasty first-timer Supreme Dynasty with Nights On Broadway, who is always thereabouts, next best.
The fifth is a competitive handicap, but Petite Master has often caught the eye at Greyville, whether on poly or turf, and should be cherry-ripe over an ideal 1600m trip. He runs on well so his wide draw shouldn’t be too much of a disadvantage. Peter Piper has decent poly form and as a handy type his good draw gives him a fine chance over a suitable trip. Seventh Virtue stayed on resolutely over 1200m last time so is interesting over this trip with an in form 2,5kg claimer aboard, although it will be tough for a young filly against males.
Oi Yoi Yoi impressed in her maiden win and over the same 1400m course and distance of the sixth and she can follow up for an in form yard. Umoyana made a good poly debut over course and distance and is ideally drawn. However Brandon Lerena appears to have jumped off in favour of Alina, whom he has won on over course and distance before, so she must be included. Throne must be included too having run a fine race over course and distance last time and Cape Vesta can’t be ignored having run very well when stepped up to this trip for the first time.
Mr Royal is in fine form and strikes as being better than his merit rating of 61 so should win the seventh over a suitable 1900m with a 2,5kg apprentice up from a good draw. Sparkling Wood will likely strip fitter than last time so will be a big threat and Born To Rule is not far behind Mr Royal on formlines.
Royal Colours (pictured) could make it seven in a row in the eighth over a suitable 1900m as he always seems to win cosily but Warcraft will be a tough nut to crack with his light weight having cruised in on his poly debut over 2000m.
Temple Rock made a good poly debut over 2000m and could win the last from The Kings Hand and Danish Wood.
On Sunday The Poet in the first and the impressive Gemini Gold in the second could get punters off to a good start.
Gemini Gold is by Overlord whose progeny appear to love the poly and another of the latter’s pogeny, Burrwood, could make it a hat-trick of wins in the sixth as the merit rating raise he was given for his last win has been more than compensated for by the 2,5kg claim of an in form apprentice.
Resolution has fine poly form and Charles Laird always has them fit when return from layoffs so she makes appeal in the seventh and Royalsecuritybaby beat a decent sort last time so can follow up in the last race.
Picture: Royal Colours (Nkosi Hlophe)
Inside draw for Alexis
PUBLISHED: November 14, 2014
Brett Crawford, who won the inaugural running of the Lanzerac Ready To Run Stakes with Captain America, is back with an equally exciting prospect in the Dynasty filly, Alexis and he was well pleased when she drew barrier two.
The Lanzerac Ready To Run Stakes presented by CTS will be run over 1400m at Kenilworth on November 22 where a quality field of 16 runners will contest the R2 million race over 1400m. The winning connections will earn R1 million with prize money being paid out all the way to tenth place.
Sponsor Lanzerac Hotel and Spa’s newly opened Cellar Hall, served as the venue for a five star luncheon on Thursday, followed by the barrier draw where the new CTS ambassador, Morgan Deane Smith, wife of former Proteas captain Graeme Smith, ably assisted the connections in the draw for barrier positions.
Joey Ramsden, trainer of last year’s runner-up Red Ray, is out to revenge his defeat with Red Ray’s half-brother, the Western Winter colt, Brutal Force. However, the draw did not go in his favour and jockey Bernard Fayd’Herbe will have to box cleverly from gate twelve. Amanda Carey drew pole position for the unbeaten Sean Tarry-trained Zambezi River for owners Chris van Niekerk and Markus Jooste.
Less lucky in the draw was the Dean Kannemeyer-trained Var colt, Varlo. Owner Lars Kelp was on hand but drew 18, on the extreme outside. Champion Trainer Justin Snaith had to be content with a mix bag for his three runners, with Sunset Tripp fairing best as Jonathan Snaith drew barrier five for the Greg Bortz owned Trippi colt. Sean Cormack and Cat and The Moon will jump midfield from barrier nine, while Snaith’s third runner, Harvard Crimson will occupy gate thirteen.
(Pictures: Liesl King)
|1||Belong to Me||Johan Janse van Vuuren||W Marwing||8|
|2||Brutal Force||Joey Ramsden||B Fayd’Herbe||12|
|3||The Captain’s Tune||Geoff Woodruff||P Strydom||3|
|4||River God||Vaughan Marshall||M Byleveld||6|
|5||Imperia Gold||Sean Tarry||A Delpech||10|
|6||Varlo||Dean Kannemeyer||K Neisius||18|
|7||Clifton Surf||Alan Greeff||S Randolph||17|
|8||Peace Pact||Mike Bass||G van Niekerk||14|
|9||Zambezi River||Sean Tarry||S Khumalo||1|
|10||Pennington Sands||Tyrone Zackey||G Lerena||16|
|11||Alexis||Brett Crawford||C Orffer||2|
|12||Cat And The Moon||Justin Snaith||S Cormack||9|
|13||Harvard Crimson||Justin Snaith||R Khathi||13|
|14||Sunset Tripp||Justin Snaith||R Fourie||5|
|15||Shimmering Leaves||Eric Sands||G Behr||4|
|16||Jeweller’s Joy||Glen Kotzen||G Cheyne||11|
|17||Night In Seattle||Brett Crawford||7|
‘Miss Frankel’ and mom arrive home
PUBLISHED: November 13, 2014
THE team at Avontuur Estate were ecstatic last week when SA champion sprinter Val De Ra arrived home safely with her super Frankel foal in tow, from the Quarantine Facility at Drakenstein where she spent the last month. Mom and little ‘Miss Frankel’ are now settling in happily with other mares and foals in the […]
THE team at Avontuur Estate were ecstatic last week when SA champion sprinter Val De Ra arrived home safely with her super Frankel foal in tow, from the Quarantine Facility at Drakenstein where she spent the last month. Mom and little ‘Miss Frankel’ are now settling in happily with other mares and foals in the paddocks at this Helderberg Stud Farm.
With her maternal instincts proven beyond doubt after giving birth in the UK in 2013 to a strong filly by another of the world’s top sires, Oasis Dream, and after being covered by Frankel she took on the long trip home to SA with her first foal at foot earlier this year.
“She is looking well and the filly is a real character. We had a fantastic visit by Val de Ra’s trainer during her racing days, Dennis Drier, and his wife Gill earlier this week and we all agreed that this foal has that something special,” says Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh. “Val de Ra was recently covered by Oratorio and we are now waiting to see if she is with foal again, but in the meantime she’s enjoying a well-deserved routine and is getting lots of pampering by all of us.”
Val de Ra (Var x Minelli) had a blazing career in South Africa and was crowned the Equus Champion Sprinter for the 2010-11 season with her greatest moment arguably when she beat What A Winter in the 2012 Cape Flying Championship.
Released for Avontuur Estate by Cobie van Oort
Caption: Val de Ra and Miss Frankel are enjoying their time together, as they settle in at Avontuur. (Picture: Liesl King)
Captain and Futura working well
PUBLISHED: November 13, 2014
BRETT Crawford will give both Champions Cup winner Futura and Captain America (pictured) their first runs of the season in the Green Point Stakes at Kenilworth on Saturday week. He said: “Futura is doing well and he will run even from his bad draw (17). Captain America has taken his gelding really well and has […]
BRETT Crawford will give both Champions Cup winner Futura and Captain America (pictured) their first runs of the season in the Green Point Stakes at Kenilworth on Saturday week.
He said: “Futura is doing well and he will run even from his bad draw (17). Captain America has taken his gelding really well and has been putting in some good work.”
Captain America, second in both the Grand Parade Cape Guineas and the Investec Cape Derby, won last season’s Lanzerac Ready To Run Stakes and Crawford again has a strong hand in Saturday week’s R2 million race.
His intended runners include last week’s Kenilworth winners Alexis (third on the log) and Star Of Paris. His other entries include Night In Seattle and Valerin.
The final field and draw will be announced at the sponsor’s Stellenbosch hotel on Thursday when Morgan Deane Smith will be in attendance as one of the ambassadors of the race. The singer is the wife of former South African cricket captain Graeme Smith.
However Cape Classic winner Act Of War, who headed the list when the entries were announced last week, goes for the Selangor Cup on the same day. Joey Ramsden said: “The Lanzerac entry was a mistake. He is not qualified for that Ready To Run race.”
Ramsden, who has won two of the last three runnings of the Selangor, also expects to run Kingvoldt in the mile test. He said: “I took him to Kenilworth last Saturday to work him over six furlongs and he put up a smashing gallop.”
Picture: Wayne Marks