Daniels back soon
PUBLISHED: February 19, 2015
Derryl Daniels is recuperating from a fall at Greyville in mid January in which he broke his wrist, a rib and a plate in his shoulder, and is expecting to be back race riding half-way through next month.
Daniel’s plaster cast on his arm is coming off on February 26.
He said, “I have been squeezing squash balls to keep up the strength but will need a bit of time to build the arm up to full strength. It has been so frustrating and I don’t even want to watch racing anymore as I am burning with impatience to get back doing what I love!”
Daniels is one of the most underestimated jockeys in the country and was in the middle of a fantastic comeback after a spell in the doldrums.
He has ridden 21 winners at a strike rate of 11,73% to date this season.
However, in his last full month of riding in December he rode to a strike rate of over 17%.
17 of his winners have been at his home base of KZN, but he also travelled to Port Elizabeth twice in December and rode four winners, including a hattrick.
He was increasingly in demand and trainers and owners will be glad to see him back in the saddle.
A good test for Umgiyo
PUBLISHED: February 18, 2015
Umgiyo, a flawless winner of his Dubai debut, is Mike de Kock’s feature-race contender at Meydan’s Carnival meeting this Thursday, 19 February.
Umgiyo (Christophe Soumillon) has tightened up and improved in the few weeks since winning a turf handicap over 1800m on 22 January and he’s expected to have a say in the finish of the top liner, the Listed Dubai Millennium Stakes over 2000m on turf.
“This is a good test for Umgiyo and we’ll see how good he is,” Mike said on Tuesday afternoon. “He goes over this trip for the first time and into a really competitive field, but the manner of his win here in January was promising and his pedigree suggests he’ll see it out. I don’t think he’ll be found lacking when it matters.”
Three-year-old Banaadeer was 4.75-lengths adrift of the winner on his own Dubai debut over 1000m on turf at the end of last month. He was fancied to make the frame that day and he’s back in a similar race with a chance to make amends, Soumillon up first time. Mike commented: “Banaadeer needed the run more than anticipated, but he’s come on a good few lengths since. I’ll be disappointed if he doesn’t run into the money this time.”
Royal Ridge (Dane O’Neill), is in a full field of 16 runners set to contest the Meydan Sobha over 1600m on dirt. He faded right out of contention on this surface in a Gr2 race here early in January but Mike wants to give it one more try in somewhat lesser company. He said: “On his pedigree Royal Ridge should be showing more interest on dirt, so we’re giving him another chance. That run to Surfer could’ve been all wrong.”
The stable fields a three-pronged challenge in the District One Handicap over 1400m on turf with Anaerobio (Soumillon), Fountain Of Youth (Luke Morris) and Whistle Stop (O’Neill) going to post.
Anaerobio has long been a regular stake-earning soldier in Dubai and Mike said: “What you see is what you get. He should run his usual honest race and has a chance.”
Fountain Of Youth moved up for a challenge in a 1200m sprint recently, improving, and he’s expected to enjoy the course and distance. “He’s starting to come to hand and should go well over the trip,” Mike said.
Whistle Stop, above himself, took off and ran away with his jock before the start of what was to be his first race in Dubai and had to be withdrawn. He’s a talented horse who enjoys plenty of support, especially back home in South Africa and Mike commented: “Whistle Stop was set for a good run when he bolted away and that was unfortunate. He’s doing very well, he’s naturally fitter for this race than he was last time so we’ll be hoping he can show his worth.”
Supplied by mikedekockracing.com
New buyer’s cards for BSA
PUBLISHED: February 18, 2015
BloodStock South Africa (BSA) will be launching new ground-breaking technology at its Val de Vie sale in Franschhoek on Sunday, February 22.
The Sales Company’s new bar-coded buyer’s cards will be in use for the first time, and all previous buyers’ cards will no longer be valid.
The system will work with the aid of tablets that will be used to scan the buyer’s card once the horse has been sold. The tablets automatically link to BSA’s IT system to confirm that cards are valid, and that buyers are within credit limits.
The vendor roll-clerk will then enter the lot number from a drop-down list, fill in the price details as well as the insurance and relevant sweepstakes or added stakes options. Buyers will sign on the tablet and immediately receive a receipt printed from a portable printer. This receipt will detail the cost of the horse, as well as all other relevant costs based on the insurance and added stakes/sweepstakes options, giving buyers an immediate total cost!
Buyers’ receipts will be proof of purchase in order to obtain the vendor release slip at the accounts office. They will also receive pro-forma invoices with the vendor release slip. A copy of the pro-forma invoice is also sent automatically to buyers e-mail addresses.
All gold card and permanent buyers in good standing will be able to collect their buyer’s card at the Val de Vie sale.
All other buyers will need to apply in advance for buyer’s cards. Do this as soon as possible, in order for BSA to perform the necessary credit checks.
Purely by collecting your buyer’s card at the Val de Vie sale (all classes of buyer’s cards), you will stand a chance to win a diamond necklace valued at R30,000! The diamond necklace has been kindly donated to BSA by eDiamond.
Team Valor buy into Royal Pleasure
PUBLISHED: February 18, 2015
American Barry Irwin’s Team Valor International and a regular South African-based partner of this syndicate, the film producer Anant Singh and his wife Vanashree, have not surprisingly bought out two shareholders in the exciting Glen Kotzen-trained two-year-old Visionaire filly Royal Pleasure, who won by 6,75 lengths on debut over 1000m at Scottsville.
The Durban-based Bloodstock agent Andy Williams and Kotzen’s mother-in-law Judy Wintle have sold their shares in the speedy filly to Team Valor and the Singhs.
However, interestingly, the youthful face of KZN racing, the 3A Racing syndicate, have retained their share.
Kotzen will continue to train Royal Pleasure and said, “She is smart, out of the top drawer. She finished ever so slightly shin sore on one leg after that first start, but she will now be targeted at the Gr 1 Allan Robertson.”
Irwin part-owns the Summerhill Stud-based Visionaire and Royal Pleasure was this USA-bred Grand Slam sire’s first South African-bred winner.
Royal Pleasure was sold for a mere R30,000 at last year’s Suncoast KZN Yearling Sale.
Irwin obviously can’t keep all of his mares out here, so apart from his elite band, he often has an agreement with Summerhill Stud whereby the latter are responsible for the first cover of the mare as well as the readying of the foal for the sales, and then Irwin receives the sales amount for the foal and Summerhill keep the mare.
Therefore, the Royal Pleasure deal is one of the few transactions in which Irwin, renowned for his outstanding record in the bloodstock industry, has to date ended on the wrong side of as Team Valor and the Singhs would have had to splash out a lot more than the original purchase price for their share in Royal Pleasure and have also lost her dam to Summerhill. Royal’s Pleasure’s dam is the King Of Kings mare Royal Purse, who ran three times for Team Valor International and the Singhs but failed to find a place.
Mick Goss of Summerhill had expected Royal Pleasure to fetch more at the sale, but pointed out that Irwin is a fair trader and does not put reserves on his sales horses, so there is always the possibility of buying a bargain from his sales draft. Royal Pleasure certainly fits into that bracket and there could not have been more deserving benefactors than 3A Racing, who have done a lot to promote the sport to KZN’s youth. The passionate syndicate, famous for their festive Box 3A at Greyville, are headed by well known Tellytrack presenter Wesley Bowman and the Sportingbet Sports Trader Andrew Harrison.
Irwin bought Visionaire to South Africa because he wanted a stallion out here that he believed would produce “straight-legged” foals and whom he could breed his mares to.
He added, “The reason I chose Visionaire is that he is tall, his front limbs are perfect, he has a lot of bone, he was fast enough to sprint with the best, yet he easily got a middle distance around turns in America. Even though he was not an accomplished runner at 2, he did have the fastest clocking in the 2-year-old breeze-up sale in Ocala, Florida. He has plenty of gas.”
Royal Pleasure therefore looks likely to stay sound and could build on her excellent start.
Visionaire has in fact made a big impression on most trainers around the country, including one of the leading spotters of class at the yearling sales, Joey Ramsden, who was behind the purchase of a Visionaire filly at the National Yearling Sales for R1,4 million.
Kotzen said about Visionaire, “He has been very well received and looks the part. He will be an interesting stallion to follow.”
Visionaire best moment on the racecourse was when winning the stallion producing Gr 1 King’s Bishop Stakes over seven furlongs on dirt. Top sires like More Than Ready (sire of Gimmethegreenlight), Elusive Quality, Distorted Humor, Hardspun (sire of Ertijaal), End Sweep (sire of Trippi), City Zip, Ghostzapper, Successful Appeal and Henny Hughes have won or been placed in the King’s Bishop. Visionaire also won the Gr 3 Gotham Stakes, a race whose winner’s list includes top stallions like Secretariat, Gone West, Seeking The Gold, Gulch and Easy Goer.
Red Flame to burn bright
PUBLISHED: February 18, 2015
The Cape Town Prawn Festival meeting at Kenilworth on Saturday features the Gr 3 Breco Seafoods Prix Du Cap and the Gr 3 Cape Thoroughbred Sales Chairman’s Cup. The Neil Bruss-trained Jet Master filly Red Flame and the Mike Bass-trained Hammie’s Hooker could both be considered to have had luckless careers to date and either one of them could end the Cape Summer Of Champions Season on a high note by winning the Prix du Cap.
Red Flame’s ideal race last season would have been the Gr 2 KRA Fillies Guineas at Greyville, but as she was still an up and coming horse her merit rating was not high enough to make the cut and she then found the 2000m of the Gr 1 Woolavington 2000 too far. She had a perfect preparation into the Gr 1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes over 1600m on J&B Met day, but then drew widest of all in the twelve horse field and had to run two wide throughout. She still managed to run on well for a two-length fourth. She now has everything in her favour, as she is drawn well in barrier five under Richard Fourie. Her decent cruising speed coupled with her turn of foot make her just as suited to the 1400m trip as the 1600m.
Hammie’s Hooker was unfortunate that her three and four-year-old careers co-incided with the amazing Beach Beuaty’s prime and otherwise she would likely be a Gr 1 winner by now. She was ridden a touch too aggressively in the Gr 1 Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes over 1800m, a trip that taps her stamina. In the Gr 1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes over 1600m she was slightly slow away and turned for home near the back. After running on well she found no extra in the final 100m, suggesting the 1400m trip of the Prix du Cap is still her optimum. Bernard Fayd’Herbe said at the beginning of the season that Hammie’s Hooker was the horse he was most looking forward to riding this term, which is a measure of her class.
She ran way below par in the Gr 2 Diadem over 1200m before those last two starts and although she subsequently had excuses in both the Paddock and the Majorca, she doesn’t quite appear to be in the same place as she was at the end of the Champions Season when running Beach Beauty close in the Jonsson Workwear Garden Province Stakes with the rest of the field well beaten. If she comes back to her brilliant best she will be the horse to beat, but on current form Red Flame is given the narrow vote. Watching the preliminaries on Saturday, including how well both horses go down to the start, will be all important.
One that could upset the applecart is the Brett Crawford-trained Gr 2 KRA Fillies Guineas winner Maybe Yes, who could now be cherry-ripe. She is drawn well in two and her excellent turn of foot was at its best this season over the 1500m trip, so she will likely enjoy the step down to 1400m after finishing five lengths back in both the Paddock Stakes and Majorca. However, she does have 2,5 lengths to find on Hammie’s Hooker from last season’s Gr 2 Tibouchina over 1450m at Clairwood.
Lanner Falcon is 2kg worse off with Maybe Yes having beaten her by only 0,75 lengths over 1500m. However, this is likely her optimum trip. She is widely drawn has a fine turn of foot and finishing speed, so won’t mind coming from off the pace.
A horse worth following and who could provide good place value or at least be included in the quartet is the Adam Marcus-trained Crystal Cavern. She created a fine impression when running on strongly from way back after being dropped out from a wide draw over this course and distance in a handicap on J&B Met day. She is only merit rated 82, but looks sure to rise above that mark.
Marcus regards another contender here Souk as one of the stable stars. She ran on well for a 0,9 length fourth over 1200m on J&B Met day and that race was intended as her preparation for this one. Her best trip looks to be 1600m, so running relatively fresh here over 1400m gives her a chance of earning a cheque although she has a tricky draw of eight.
Supreme Sunset won a Gr 2 over 1450m at Turffontein, beating the like of Athina and an admittedly very unlucky Majmu, but she looks held by Red Flame, Hammie’s Hooker and Lanner Falcon on recent Cape Town form.
Antonia’s Fortress is 4kg better off with Red Flame for a 2,3 length beating over course and distance towards the beginning of January. She is a handy type so her pole positon draw is ideal for her style.
Miss Saigon is only just held by Lanner Falcon and Maybe Yes, but is 1kg better off with Antonia’s Fortress for a 0,4 length beating over course and distance, so she could earn from a draw of three.
Zacharias is only 1,4 lengths off Lanner Falcon on their last meeting over course and distance. However, her last two poor efforts over sprints puts a cloud over her chances.
Lady Ming looks out of her depth here.
The Gr 3 Chairman’s Cup has attracted a disappointing field of only six runners. The Darryl Hodgson-trained Putney Flyer’s last win was in a six-horse field over this distance and having run above his merit rating in the slow run Gr 2 J&B Urban Honey Stayers over 2800m on Met day, he could be the one to beat having just snuck into the handicap with the minimum weight of 52kg.
Etienne Braun, who is well known as a racing owner, is the Managing Director of sponsors Breco Seafoods and said that the Prawn Festival would be more organised this year and there would be no long queues. It should be a fun event, ideal as a family day out, and well worth attending.