Paul Lafferty said there was a valid excuse for the below par run of his highly regarded horse Share Holder on eLan Gold Cup day and he expects this horse to be a feature race contender this season.
The strapping Zoffany colt started a weak favourite for the Grade 2 Haval Motors South Africa Umkhomazi Stakes over 1200m but could only manage a 6,80 length eleventh.
However, Lafferty put it down to there being no size eight aluminium bar shows being available throughout the country that week so they had to put on normal shoes for the race and he returned with his “foot on fire.”
He had earlier ripped part of his hoof off when overreaching on the training track which explained his long layoff after an impressive 3,90 length debut win over 1000m at Scottsville on February 6.
Before his Gold Cup day engagement he had impressed in a Barrier Trial.
Lafferty felt he would likely follow the same route as his stalwart Harry’s Son did in the 2014/2015 season so the Graham Beck Stakes and the Dingaans, run over 1400m and 1600m respectively on Turffontein Standside, are the likely first targets.
By David Thiselton