Tap O’Noth, the 2017 Cape Guineas winner who gave last Saturday’s Matchem a miss, will now begin his campaign in the 1 800m Pinnacle at Durbanville a week today.
Vaughan Marshall said: “He was to have gone for the G-bets Algoa Cup at Fairview on October 27 but they gave him 68kg!”
Bernard Fayd’Herbe confirms that he will be back in action next month after sitting on the sidelines so far this season on medical advice, in order to counteract the cumulative effects of past concussions. But he was looking in good shape – and remarkably slim – at Durbanville last Saturday when he said: “Sometimes a break does you good. I have kept my weight in trim and now I want to come back with a bang.”
Alfred Mzondi, the stalls handler who was treated like a human football in the pens at Durbanville ten days ago, is making a good recovery. He was kept in the local Mediclinic for two nights while the doctors monitored his progress. He was released with a nasty cut on his face and plenty of bruises but, miraculously, no broken bones or internal injuries.
The two CTS R5 million sales races will be run for the last time – at least for the moment – on Sun Met day, February 1.
CTS sales manager Kirsty Coertze said: “A lot of the cost was falling on the vendors and, in order to assist them, we have done away with the two races – but that is not to say that we will never host them again.”
They began in 2016 with the CTS Million Dollar which carried a total stake of R16.6 million, was presented with great razzmatazz and was won by Illuminator, a 16-1 shot owned by Ian Robinson and Francis Carruthers, trained by Glen Puller and ridden by the apprentice Heavelon van der Hoven. Whatever happened to him?
Thereafter the races, and the total stakes, were split in two to cater for sprinters and milers but the interest that they generated at the sale was huge and was certainly reflected in the prices. Hopefully the races, and the money, will be back before too long.
According to CTS the country’s most valuable sales race after next February will be next year’s R1.25 million Ready To Run in November.
By Michael Clower