Two KZN Champion racehorses, Marchingontogether and Roy Had Enough, are Gauteng Summer Cup bound.
The Gavin van Zyl-trained Pathfork gelding Marchingontogether, who was last season’s KZN Champion three-year-old male, made a winning seasonal reappearance on Sunday in a strong Pinnacle Stakes event over 1400m at Hollywoodbets Scottsville.
Van Zyl said about this SA Derby third-placed galloper, “Gelding has done the trick as he is now more relaxed in demeanour and has improved tremendously. I think he will be competitive in the Summer Cup.”
Van Zyl has plotted a program to put him spot on for the big race.
He said, “Our options are either The Michaelmas or a Pinnacle Stakes event in KZN or otherwise he will go the Charity Mile route and in that case we will keep him in Jo’burg until the Summer Cup. But nothing is set in stone yet.”
The Frank Robinson-trained Roy Had Enough, who was last season’s KZN Champion Stayer, will soon be sent up to Johannesburg, where he will be looked after by Weiho Marwing.
Robinson said the options for him would likely be the Grade 2 Peermont Emperor’s Palace Charity Mile or the Grade 3 Victory Moon Stakes over 1800m.
Roy Had Enough is still an entire, so the connections will be hoping he can win a big race before taking up stud duties. His pedigree was given a boost by Logician’s brilliant win of the St. Leger at Doncaster in England on Saturday. Logician is out of a Daylami mare as is Roy Had Enough’s sire, Pierro.
Robinson is also sending the smart mare Roy’s Riviera up to Johannesburg.
He said, “She ran three wide the whole way in the Grade 2 Gold Bracelet over 2000m and was only beaten 1,20 lengths. Piere Strydom got off and said with a light weight she would be a nice horse to have in the Summer Cup. But there is also the Grade 2 Ipi Tombe Challenge over a mile on the same day and on Charity Mile day there is the Grade 3 Yellowwood Handicap over 1800m.”
By David Thiselton