Twist Of Fate delighted Joey Ramsden in his final piece of work at Summerveld yesterday and the trainer expects his colt to really put it up to hotpot Hawwaam in the Daily News at Greyville on Saturday.
Ramsden said: “Twist Of Fate has done fabulously well since winning the KRA Guineas and I give him a serious chance – he is such a tough, hard-knocking horse. He did 1 800m in the Politician at Kenilworth looking like he loved it and wanted further while he seemed to like Greyville in the KRA Guineas and he was only getting into gear when he crossed the line.
“We grassed him last Thursday and he went really nicely in his last serious bit of work this morning. I like him a lot for Saturday – he has had a great prep going into it with no problems. I am sure it is the same with Hawwaam and it looks like being a fabulous contest.”
S’Manga Khumalo, who rode him in the CTS 1600 (second to One World), will be back on board and his mount is rated 2kg behind Hawwaam but 2.5kg and more in front of the rest. He is generally available at between 9-2 and 5-1 whereas Hawwaam is as short as 3-10. Cape Derby runner-up Charles (8-1) is the only other in single figures. Favourites have won three of the last five runnings and five of the last ten.
By Michael Clower