Sansui Summer cup ‘the peoples race’ TuRffontein Standside Race previews Sat 25th November 2017 

By Chris 'Toffa' Santos 

@ToffaSants

13:35 Hi-Fi Corp Magnolia Handicap (Gr. 3)

 

 

Age

Draw

Wgt

Jockey

Trainer

Odds

2016

Green Pepper

3

7

52

R Simmons

J J Van Vuuren

8/10

2015

Kwinta

4

10

55.5

M Van Rensburg

S Ferreira

9/2

2014

Lazer Star

3

5

53

W Marwing

O Ferraris

4/1

2013

Fanzene

5

16

53

A Aucharuz

L Kruger

110/1

2012

Franny

3

12

54.5

A Delpech

G H Van Zyl

Tote fav

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Draw

Wgt

MR

1

4bF

A t

7

60

102

2

5bM

A

13

58

98

3

5bM

AB

4

57

96

4

4bF

A t

11

56

94

5

4bF

A

6

54

90

6

4bF

A

12

53.5

89

7

4bF

A

9

53

88

8

5bM

ABt

1

52.5

87

9

4grF

A

10

52.5

87

10

5bM

A t

3

52.5

87

11

3bF

A t

14

52

92

12

3bF

A

5

52

91

13

3bF

A

8

52

87

14

4bF

A

2

52

81


 

This year’s renewal of the race is a competitive affair as there is no real standout. 

 

The 3 year old contenders are led by La Bella Mia who was incredibly impressive in her last start when she eased to victory on handicap debut. With minimum weight of 52kgs she should be a player, only question marks are what she beat and 2nd run after a rest.

 

The other 3 year old of interest is the beautiful daughter of Var, Varsity Girl. She won comfortably on debut before contesting two competitive 3YO races from deep draws over 7f. The drop back to the sprint trip should suite and with a decent draw in 8, she should be able to latch onto the pace that is expected outside her.

 

The pace angle will definitely be Spring Wonder. She was purchased at a HIT sale mid last year and has found a new lease of life since relocation to the Peter stable. Given her being drawn on the extreme outside, she could skip the field with her natural speed and the rail assistance. Delpech retains the ride and a repeat performance of her last outing and she will be incredibly hard to peg back.

 

Myfunnyvalentine does however receive a favorable weight turn around and was definitely closing during the last furlong in their previous outing. She must be involved given her low weight although stable form is a slight worry as the Tarry outfit looks nowhere near top gear at present.

 

Wrecking Ball is ever consistent but does find winning hard. She gets the services of Gavin Lerena which is definitely an aid.

Of the others, Arissamay feature as she generally runs well fresh while the ever consistent Shivering Sea probably deserves some small black type.

 

Prediction

 

1) Myfunnyvalentine

 

2) Varsity Girl 

 

3) Spring Wonder

 

Myfunnyvalentine gets the vote.

As a 4 year old she comes in carrying only 1kg more than her fellow 3 year old competitors and the Tarry outfit sure know how to prep a horse. Varsity Girl looks a classy individual and I am hoping the drop in trip brings out a touch more. My concern with Spring Wonder is that her last start was too good to be true and she surely can’t skip the field again.

 

 

14:10 Hi-Fi Corp Fillies Mile (Gr. 3)

 

 

 

Age

Draw

Wgt

Jockey

Trainer

Odds

2016

Smiling Blue Eyes

3

4

60

G Van Niekerk

S G Tarry

22/1

2015

Negroamaro

3

5

60

W Marwing

J Janse Van Vuuren

5/2

2014

Banburry

3

8

58

P Strydom

G H Van Zyl

13/1

2013

Close The Gap

3

6

58

R R Fradd

O Ferraris

3/1

2012

Cherry On The Top

3

11

58

S M Brown

T Zackey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wgt

MR

Draw

1

3bF

A

60

97

4

2

3bF

A

60

89

10

3

3bF

A

60

89

6

4

3bF

A

60

89

9

5

3bF

AB

60

86

7

6

3bF

A t

60

85

1

7

3bF

A

60

83

3

8

3b/brF

A

60

81

5

9

3bF

A t

60

78

8

10

3bF

A

60

77

2

 

 

San Fermin comes into this all the rage. She did win her debut in seriously impressive fashion but one has to wonder if this is all too soon.

 

Folk Dance finally cracks a draw in a feature and she has looked a very decent sort deserving of a feature win. She is rated to win this and I think she obliges in this field.

 

Cashel Palace looks like she could offer some cheek; the step up in trip will definitely suit although she needs to show that she has the ability to win this. 

 

Mrs O was disappointing on her last start and a step up to a mile poses some questions at this stage of her career.

 

Witch Of The West came bursting onto the scene late in the Starling Stakes but could not get on terms with Folk Dance who finished 2nd. At level weights Folk Dance has Witch of theWest held and only a further improved performance could see her in the finish.

 

Mar Del Sur is a hot filly and she got herself completely worked up before the Starling Stakes which saw her run no race. She could be the dark horse here although a fewdoubts will need to be put to bed.

 

Prediction: 

 

1) Folk Dance 

 

2) Cashel Palace 

 

3) San Fermin 

 

Folk Dance just seems to have it all going for her here. She is battle hardened and has looked like she still has improvement left in her. I am hoping Lerena is extremely positive on her and he could find himself with a soft lead or a great tow into the action.

 

Cashel Palace is on the up too but Folk Dance is preferred as her form checks out superior.

 

San Fermin could well win this but with a poor draw, she may be left a lot to do too early in her career, however she is definitely one to keep an eye on come the start of the triple tiara next year.

 

 

 

14:45 World Sports Betting Merchants (Gr.2)

 

 

Age

Draw

Wgt

Jockey

Trainer

Odds

2016

Trip To Heaven

5

2

59.5

S Khumalo

S G Tarry

5/2

2015

Brutal Force

4

10

56

A Marcus

J Ramsden

15/4

2014

Trip To Heaven

3

5

52

S Khumalo

S G Tarry

2/1

2013

Here Comes Billy

4

3

55

S Khumalo

W Marwing

7/1

2012

Jackodore

4

3

54.5

A Delpech

S G Tarry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wgt

MR

DR

1

5bG

A

62

116

9

2

6bG

ABt

58.5

109

11

3

5bG

A

58

108

10

4

6bG

A

58

108

4

5

7bG

AB

57

106

3

6

4bG

A

55.5

103

14

7

7bG

A t

55

102

16

8

4chG

A

54.5

101

12

9

5bG

ABt

54

100

8

10

6bG

AB

53.5

99

2

11

4bG

A t

53.5

99

7

12

6chG

ABt

53

98

18

13

3bC

A

52

104

1

14

3bC

A

52

98

13

15

5bG

A

52

96

6

16

5bG

A

52

96

20

17

4bG

AB

52

93

19

18

4bG

A

52

86

5

19

5bG

A

Reserve 1

52

83

17

20

5bG

A

Reserve 2

52

90

15

 

 

Over the years this race generally goes according to the form book and this year looks no different, Naafer was an impressive winner on his last start and should he reproduce the goods, may be the victor. Ryan Munger gets the mount due to him carrying the minimum weight but he has serious credentials.

 

Bull Valley was a big eye catcher on his last start and given how well Sean Tarry has done in this race recently, it would be silly to disregard him. He is the best rated horse in the field and although carrying top weight he looks the one to beat.

 

Graduation Day has been one of the most disappointing horses in recent years. His soundness issues have really hampered his ability of being an incredibly top class sprinter. He made his seasonal reappearance a successful one when he mowed down his opposition late in the Golden Loom Handicap.

 

 Rivarine could be the joker in the pack under Strydom who is in fine form currently. He should be cherry ripe for this and his last start can be slightly ignored as he was looked after by Strydom with this being his aim. His temperament could get the best of him though as he is known to be fiery on these big days. 

 

Prediction: 

 

1) Bull Valley

 

2) Rivarine

 

3) Naafer 

 

Bull Valley looks the business. He is the proven sort in the race and his last start was just visually impressive.

 

It may be worth taking the forecasts with Rivarine who I think is incredible value at current odds of around 10/1.

 

Naafer looks a sort on the up and with him flying the flag of last season’s SA Nursery, many will be watching with an eager eye trying to gauge just how good his stable mate Mustaqeem could be.

 

 

15:20 Investec Dingaans (Gr.2)

 

 

Age

Draw

Wgt

Jockey

Trainer

Odds

2016

Singapore Sling

3

11

60

C Maujean

G V Woodruff

13/1

2015

Noah From Goah

3

2

60

A Delpech

M F De Kock

5/2

2014

Unparalleled

3

3

58 

G Lerena

M Azzie

55/1

2013

Willow Magic

3

9

58

P Strydom

S G Tarry

9/2

2012

The Hangman

3

9

58

P Strydom

S G Tarry

Tote Fav

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wgt

MR

Dr

1

3bC

A

60

98

15

2

3bG

A

60

98

9

3

3bC

A

60

94

14

4

3bC

A

60

94

8

5

3bC

A

60

92

11

6

3bC

A

60

92

6

7

3bC

A t

60

91

12

8

3bG

A

60

91

13

9

3b/brC

AB

60

90

16

10

3bC

A

60

89

2

11

3bG

A

60

88

1

12

3chC

AB

60

88

5

13

3bC

A t

60

88

10

14

3chC

A

60

84

7

15

3bC

A

60

81

3

16

3bC

A

60

79

4

 

The Dingaans has been a launch pad for many a great horse over the years and given the perceived quality of this season’s 3 year old crop, we may see a few special ones here.

Mike De Kocksend has no less than 5 runners and he will be hoping to take home the spoils with one of his chargers. 

Callan Murray will be hoping that his De Kock arrow will be the right one and why shouldn’t it be?

 

Like A Panther defeated some decent older handicappers on his last start and he seemed to have a lot more in hand. But for his draw, there aren’t many ticks in his negatives column.

 

The next of the De Kock salvo is the undefeated Alshibaa. The son of Street Cry will be looking to stay undefeated and with a plumb draw and the services of cape based jockey Fayd’herbe, he could well have a say in this.

 

 Pietro Mascagani is another of the De Kock horses going for glory and he has been the subject of a very heated debate by all in racing regarding his “low” merit rating. Mike De Kock appealed his rating as he believed it was not a fair reflection of his debut performance but the horse has made the final field and if not finding this too much of a step up, he could be the arrow that hits the target. 

 

Many will be out to crash the De Kock party, one of those being Ideal Secret who ran a cracker in the Graham Beck behind Zen Arcade. The son of Ideal World will be looking at a mile plus later in his career and after recently being purchased; new owners will be hoping to recoup some of their outlay early. 

 

Big Bear is believed to be the leading hope from the Tarry yard but sales race form doesn’t generally stand up and I will stick with that opinion.

 

Silver God looks to have a much better chance in this. He has always been highly regarded by the yard and this could prove his moment. He could be upset material.

 

Another for upset material is Seerite. He was very eye catching in the Graham Beck as he flew from near last to grab fourth late on. Hopefully he can be ridden more aggressively this time so that his finish will reap bigger rewards.

 

Prediction: 

 

1) Like A Panther 

 

2) Seerite 

 

3) Ideal Secret 

 

One of the toughest races on the card but I will go with Like A Panther. The merit of his last start cannot go unoticed, once asked he responded without fuss and if placed correctly it’s his for the taking. 

 

Seerite is definite value at around 25/1 and can’t be ignored at these odds, a definite runner in this.

 

Ideal Secret has some very decent form and should be thereabouts but may be a little more exposed.

 

 

 

16:50 Gauteng Sansui Summer Cup (Gr.1)

 

 

 

Age

Draw

Wgt

Jockey

Trainer

Odds

2016

Master Sabina

7

5

56

G Lerena

G V Woodruff

5/1

2015

Master Sabina

6

7

56.5

G Lerena

G V Woodruff

13/2

2014

Louis The King

4

7

59

P Strydom

G V Woodruff

18/10

2013

Yorker

4

2

54.5

A Marcus

G V Woodruff

8/1

2012

Wagner

4

11

52.5

S Khumalo

J A Soma

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wgt

MR

DR

1

5bH

A

60

113

9

2

5bG

A

58

109

19

3

8bG

A t

58

109

8

4

6bG

A t

57.5

108

17

5

5chH

A

57

107

14

6

5bM

A

56

105

3

7

6bG

A

54.5

102

7

8

6bG

A t

54

101

16

9

4bF

A

53.5

101

10

10

4bF

A t

53.5

101

1

11

5bG

A

53.5

100

18

12

4bC

A

53

100

6

13

BANNER HILL

5bG

A

53

99

13

14

5bG

A t

53

99

2

15

4bG

AB

52.5

99

11

16

5chM

AB

52.5

98

5

17

5chG

A

52

97

20

18

4bC

A t

52

97

4

19

4bG

A

52

96

12

20

5bG

A

52

95

15

 

It has become somewhat of a cliché but one has to say that this year’s rendition of the Sansui Summer Cup is “the most open in years”.

With no real standout, all connections are excited about the possibility of walking away the winner.  

 

Orchid Island tops the boards for the MDK stable and although it is not uncommon for a filly to come out tops in this race, her restricted odds are likely to be passed over in search of value. 

 

The big value angle may be in the shape of Master Switch, After disappointing on his seasonal debut, he flashed home late in the Victory Moon and given Woodruff’s fantastic record in this race, quotes of 18/1 look a generous each way play at first glance.

 

The other Mayfair Speculators challenger, Wind Chill has been the subject of a punt. Having been as big as 33/1 she has trimmed up neatly to 8/1. Callan Murray gets the ride and coming out of pole position, she may have the run of the race. She looks a big runner at the weights and she has proven she loves the big occasion when winning the SA Oaks last year by 2 lengths.

 

Another filly that is in sublime form is Girl On The Run who Donovan Mansour will be hoping to complete a hatrick on. She beat her stable companion Crowd Pleaser on seasonal reappearance before getting up on the line to win the Victory Moon. She gets in off a low weight once again and should give tons of cheek.

 

Another horse that has been supported is Pagoda, The son of Mogok didn’t enjoy his stint in KZN and will be looking to put it behind him with a good showing here. Once again it is that man Geoff Woodruff and with a nifty 52.5kgs on the back, many are supporting him to bring it home. His class is in question and this will be a true test of his ability.

 

All of Abashiri, Brazuca, French Navy and Hermoso Mundocome out of bad draws and would need to put in a sparkling performance to win as the pace of the race seems non-existant.

 

Crowd Pleaser looks to be the obvious pace angle although I do believe a few of the lesser fancied low weights may look to steal the race.

 

Let it Rain, Mac De Lago and Tilbury Fort may be the sacrificial offerings. 

Liege is another of interest and having run 4th in the race last year, a few shrewdies are predicting a strong showing. His last start in the Victory Moon was slightly disappointing but he may be forgiven and I believe he will be in the finish.

 

Prediction: 

 

1) Liege 

 

2) Wind Chill

 

3) Crowd Pleaser

 

The form of the Tarry yard comes into question again but the value around Liege can’t be ignored. He has experience in the race and should be cherry ripe for this. Danielson is a big race jockey and he has teamed up successfully with Tarry on many previous occasions.

 

Wind Chill looks to have a lot going her way and if not getting boxed in she should put up a decent fight.

 

Crowd Pleaser is expected to be up there early and will fend for his life as the field comes at him late. The sticky conditions may suit his front running style and connections will be hoping he can put up a brave fight.

 

 

 

17:30 Gauteng Ipi Tombe Challenge (Gr.2)

 

 

 

Age

Draw

Wgt

Jockey

Trainer

Odds

2016

Intergalactic

4

11

59

S Khumalo

S G Tarry

13/1

2015

Smart Call

4

6

60

W Marwing

A Laird

12/10

2014

Arcetri Pink

4

9

59.5

G Lerena

G V Woodruff

11/2

2013

Espumanti

4

1

57.5

A Delpech

M F De Kock

9/10

2012

Demanding Lady

4

4

56

C Maujean

M Houdalakis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wgt

MR

Dr

1

5chM

A

60

108

3

2

5chM

A t

59

103

10

3

5chM

A t

59

96

6

4

4grF

A

58

104

2

5

4bF

A

58

103

7

6

5bM

A

58

99

8

7

4bF

A

58

95

4

8

4bF

A

58

93

11

9

5chM

A t

58

93

9

10

4bF

A

58

91

1

11

4chF

A

58

86

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

This race generally favors a 4 year old yet should the trend continue, many will be surprised. 

 

Nother Russia is expected to take this in her stride as she heads to the Cape to contest for their big prizes. She won well on reappearance and although looked after by Craig Zackey, she does look very skinny in the betting market to take this.

 

Bella Sonata enjoys some cut in the ground and she may just get her conditions. These two mares have previous history with Nother Russia clearly having the upper hand but this encounter could be different.

 

She’s A Giver is a smart filly but she has her quirks and the stable don’t seem very confident on her chances.

 

Guns And Roses and Sylvan On Fire are the two fillies on the up and both will need to take a step forward to prove that they are capable of competing for top honors in this division. Marcus rides Guns and Roses and given he has a limited number of rides on the day, one must sit up and take notice. Sylvan on Fire is as gutsy as they come and conditions should suit her scrappy, big hearted nature.

 

Bipot and Tahini are both capable sorts but would need to up their game and seem quartet contenders at best.

 

Prediction: 

 

1) Bella Sonata 

 

2) Nother Russia 

 

3) Guns Ans Roses 

 

This seems like it is Bella Sonata’s mission as opposed to a stepping stone and given conditions may turn in her favor, she has to be taken as a value play. 

 

Nother Russia is simply too short although she is definitely the classiest horse in the race. I will be drawing a line through Bella Sonata’s last run and am expecting a much better showing.

 

Guns And Roses looks a smart sort and although she has somewhat been looked after by the handicap, she gets a true test here at level weights with the best that Gauteng has to offer. Her jockey booking is respected and she could pose a threat to the top 2.

Vodacom Durban July Group 1 Preview, Greyville Saturday 1st july 2017 

By Chris 'Toffa' Santos 

@ToffaSants

Campanajo, Corriecrian, Milesia Pride and El Picha are the horses that make up the Durban July back to back club and come Saturday we could have another name added to this elite company.

 

Should The Conglomerate win this year’s Durban July, it would not be the only elite club handing out membership. The jet setting Callan “Sir Smiley” Murray would join the honor roll of jockeys who have won the July Handicap.

The young South African is establishing himself world-wide with his recent exploits in Hong Kong resulting in two Group 3 wins so far and he will be looking to add one of the South African majors to his ever growing résumé.

 

The old heads of the SA jockey ranks will be looking to show up the youth however and Anton Marcus who will be riding current favorite and Daily News 2000 winner Edict of Nantes will be looking for his 5th July victory. The Crawford stable have been in scintillating form during this KZN season and will definitely be looking to cap it off with the big one.

 

Another jockey looking for his 5th victory will be last year’s winner, Pierre “Striker” Strydom. The Snaith’s have made it clear that their challenger It’s My Turn’s biggest asset this year is Striker himself! Having drawn badly, I have to agree that he is an asset as his two last July victories have come from the 20 box and if anybody knows the path from out there, it surely is him.

 

Many believe this is a year for the 3 year olds so let us have a gander:

 

1) Marinaresco

Last year’s runner up comes into the July this year carrying top weight and having slightly disappointed since, not many are giving him much hope.

His last start in the Rising Sun Gold Challenge set the alarm bells off for me as they tried to ride him more positively in preparation for the July and it greatly back fired.

 

2) French Navy

A horse I fancied to run big in last year’s July but he didn’t really shape in the race.

He has looked a shadow of his 3 year old self and having lived his best years in the shadow of Legal Eagle, this ship may have sailed.

 

3) Master Sabina

The Summer Cup expert. Woodruff has conditioned this horse extremely well for the last 2 Summer Cups and he has won both with great gutsy performances however Greyville does not seem to be his scene and even relocation to the Snaith stable won’t be enough for him to feature here.

 

4) Brazuca

This lad promised quite a bit as a young horse and is no stranger to July day.

He ran a short head second in the Golden Horseshoe here as a 2yo and then narrowly missed out in the Cape Derby when coming from the clouds. Gavin Lerena flies in from the UK to take the mount and connections will be hopeful from a wide draw.

 

5) Krambambuli

The 2200m may be a touch sharp for him but if by some miracle we see a hot gallop, he could be flying at them late. He has been in good form of late.

 

6) Saratoga Dancer

Another one of last year’s competitors but the distance is a question mark. I think he wants a touch shorter and has looked as if he is not up to this class.

 

7) The Conglomerate

The reigning champ as mentioned above and of the older horses he is one of my picks.

Joey Ramsden and Mayfair Speculators have got this guy in with the best chance they possibly could. His handicap mark along with his physical prep have been well looked after and he is a massive runner and the value in the race at quotes of 12/1. He jumps from draw 3 instead of 20 this year and carries only 0.5kgs more than when winning last year. Everything points to a cracking run and I will be disappointed to not see him near the finish.

 

8) It’s My Turn

Another horse that has been incredibly managed in preparation for this race.

Although he has drawn wide in 17, I can see him staking a claim at winning this.

He ran a really good race in the Betting World 1900 and was likely to need that after close to 4 months off the track. He will strip fitter for this and Justin Snaith seemed extremely bullish when being interviewed at the recent July gallops.

 

9) Ten Gun Salute

This guy absolutely blitzed them in the Betting World 1900 and part of me believes it was just too good to be true.

I believe the soft going along with a very good tactical move from his jockey won him the race. He may have peaked too early though and although he may find a place, he struggles to win this in my opinion.

 

10) Nightingale

This filly proved her class when winning the Majorca Stakes on met day over a mile and deserves her place in this field.

She may struggle to land a blow against the boys though but does have the services of the retained Anthony Delpech. Her prep has gone well and she could pick up a place.

 

11) Black Arthur

The talking horse of this year’s July. Many believe he should not have been included in the final field as he was so lightly raced this season.

This could be a stroke of genius from the Snaith team though as he gets into the race carrying 1kg less than last year when he ran a respectable race given he got bumped at a very crucial stage under Dougie White. Van Niekerk takes the ride and this boy is not shy of the big stage. I believe he could be the Snaith teams leading hope here and judging by Justin’s post gallop comments and the gallop itself where he put up the fastest last 400m, I think one can say he is ready for this.

 

12) Edict Of Nantes

The first of the 3yos and possibly the 3yo with the biggest chance. He showed that Greyville will pose him no problems and I can see Marcus being slightly aggressive on him.

My slight concern is that he was eased up in his gallop but the stable said there was nothing wrong with him and he is spot on.

 

13) Al Sahem

Travelled extremely well in the Daily News but couldn’t crack Edict of Nantes.

Draw 1 will be tough for him too as he isn’t the best in the gates and I can see him being swallowed by all the outside horses resulting in him not landing a blow. They think he will get better as he ages and this may be a touch too soon given he isn’t straight forward.

 

14) Mr Winsome

Had to make a statement in the Derby to get in after his owners supplemented him for the July and that he did. The worry for me is that he has had too hard a campaign and although he ran decently in the Betting World 1900, I think he is held.

 

15) Elusive Silva

Scratched

 

16) Pagoda

Didn’t shape at Greyville first time around the track and his trainer was doing some head scratching after that race. This could be too soon for him and possibly not the track for him going forward.

 

17) Tilbury Fort

Ran an absolute cracker in the Betting World 1900 to finish second but is well held by a few of these on collateral form. Not for me.

 

18) Safe Harbor 

She looks an extremely classy filly but she has been kept on the go an awfully long time this season and may find this tough. She could find a place as she is extremely tough herself and will probably give a good account if not blowing up completely.

 

19) Horizon

This boy got in after the scratching of Elusive Silva which many believe is just as well, he has had a great season for new investors in the sport.

This may be a bit soon for him and I believe he will be top class going forward but from draw 18 he may struggle a touch here.

 

20) Nebula

Reserve

 

The Conclusion; 

 

Although many believe the 3yos are well handicapped, I believe some of the older horses are too because of careful campaigns from their connections and thus I will be taking the youngsters on.

 

1st – Black Arthur

2nd – The Conglomerate​

3rd – It’s My Turn

4th – Edict of Nantes

Klawervlei Stud October 15th 2016 

Huge thanks to the team at Klawervlei Stud for an engaging visit, it was wonderful to see the classy Twice Over who looked resplendent in the South African sun.

In fact all the stallions looked quite superb and it was a treat to also see Variety Club who although having not made it so far at Stud was a tremendous performer at home and abroad. 

CTS Sale October 2016, Durbanville Racecourse 

A selection of photos from our trip to CTS Ready To Run Sale at Durbanville Racecourse, thanks to the team at CTS for making us feel so welcome.

 

It was an eye opening experience inspecting some extremely well bred individuals ahead of this boutique sale. While the stock produced in South Africa is clearly up to the grade of the rest of the world the majority of the handlers appear to have little to no knowledge of the horses they are handling or how to present a horse for sale which is disappointing having travelled so far.

The sale itself was a surreal experience as about 50 tables were crammed into a marquee in the middle of the Racecourse serving a wonderful 3 course dinner during the sale which made it extremely hard to get a decent view of the horses parading and made bidding even harder despite around 6 spotters stationed at various tables throughout the marquee.

 

With the South African Rand struggling against the pound the chances of picking up quality racing stock for low low prices was high but that still did not prepare us for the extreme low prices that were presented throughout the sale with not a single lot reaching the 1 million rand figure.

 

It appeared to be mainly a lack of strength in depth at the sale through the purchasers as only one well known Johannesburg trainer was in situe with none of the others appearing to show any interest in the sale which left it to the local Cape Town bridge to basically buy & bid up horses from each other.

 

For breeders & consignors the prices reached were barely enough to pay for the individual horses or there staff which surely is a huge concern for a racing jurisdiction that wishes to eventually compete on a world stage once the severe restrictions on movement of South African horses are finally lifted.

 

As an outsider looking in, those in charge perhaps should look at the format as a sale is a sale not a dinner with a sale mixed in, the Bloodstock should be the centre of attention not some beef or roasted vegetables or delicious desserts (despite how nice it is).

The sale suffered as a result.

Clearly there is badwill between the 3 major training centres as the lack of competition was evident and perhaps most important of all the lack of international buyers who if they had been inclined could have conceivably purchased every lot due to the extreme low prices so why are there so few Internationals?

 

Honestly I am at a loss to explain as;

 

It's clear the quality of horse produced is on a par with the rest of the world.

 

The lack of strength in the rand meaning training fees are the equivalent of buying your shopping in Poundland every week of the year rather than shopping in Waitrose like in the U.K.

 

Even allowing for the lack of strength of South African Rand the prize money is better than the U.K.

 

Clearly CTS know what there doing in terms of local advertising and have stepped into worldwide advertising but it just needs to be honed as the market is there to be taken on by international buyers and if those international buyers came the local boys would be truly tested in the market which would make for a much more interesting sale. 

Race 7: World Sports Betting Grand Heritage Handicap 1450m,

Vaal Saturday 1st October 

by Chris Santos

 

The Grand Heritage is a race that all have been looking forward to in South Africa. The rail has been removed between the inside and outside tracks at the Vaal and 28 runners will be dashing for victory over 1450m.

It is the first time that 28 runners will be running in SA and one can understand the excitement behind this initiative.

 

Racing is the winner at the end of the day and all should go home happier, even happier if they are able to crack this tough handicap.

 

 Form Grids

 

Pivotal Pursuit

Very decent yard stick but with his weight, this is a very tough task. 

 

Bulleting Home 

Loves this distance and beat a few of today's rivals last time out when winning over 1450m, may e carrying too much weight to make an impact. 

 

Moofeed 

A proper old soldier for the De Kock yard and has dropped to a decent mark. Potential player even with the lump of weight. 

 

Donny G 

An improving sort for the Tarry yard and given a decent prep over 1000m last time out. 

 

Celtic Captain 

Brings Durban form to the table and looks held by Humidor on that form. 

 

Persian Rug

Filly taking on the boys, has been given two prep runs but not sure the 1450m is what she wants. Pass. 

 

Thrust 

Needs to prove he is not an out and out sprinter, trip may stretch him and not on an ideal mark considering question marks. 

 

Irish Pride 

Won well last time out without being fully extended. Gets the services of Gavin Lerena but will need to step up on previous form. 

 

Lunar Approach 

Touted the right horse by many for this race. Is a strong galloper and will be interesting under top cape jock, Grant van Niekerk. Decent return behind proper sprint sensation Kangaroo Jack and must be included in calculations. 

 

Kings Archer 

Deserves his position in this field but looks like handicapper has handicapped him out of this. 

 

Shepard One 

Mare that has dropped to a decent mark. Potentially dangerous off a decent weight. One for places at a price. 

 

Arctica

Must have a chance on his last outing. Horse in form and could be dangerous in a race like this. 

 

Macduff 

Hasn't lived up to early hype. May be maturing now but his last start is a worry. Dillon flies down to ride from the Cape which makes it a little more interesting. 

 

National Key 

Good faithful old boy but his last victory means he comes in handicapped to his best. 

 

Alexa 

Decent filly who has seen some smart sorts beat her of late. Feel this may be too much of a task for her.

 

Chepardo 

Started his career with a bang winning his first 4. His comeback race was over too short and should be ready for this race. Chance... 

 

Humidor 

Has showed he is above average in KZN and comes here with a real chance. 

 

Front Rank

Has shown some decent form down the straight and ties in with Shepard One on his previous start. Think he is a big runner as his trainer knows how to ready one. 

 

Miracle Burea 

Improving son of Trippi, will need to step up but has potential for Mayfair Speculators. Drawn down the middle. 

 

Netflix 

Runs admirably at the Vaal but I feel this is out of his reach. 

 

Belenos 

Won his last start at Turffontein. Worries about the big field and the straight. Has a low weight and could surprise. 

 

Le Clos 

Has been used as a pacemaker for quite a bit of his career for the great Abashiri. Very headstrong and will go a gallop.

Could be the pace on the inside rail. 

 

Awesome Adam 

A horse very much in form and gets along very well with his jockey. Could finish very well if given a pace to aim at. 

 

Man's inn 

Comes in with a low weight and enjoys the straight. His trainer is arguably the King of the Vaal and could be his best shot at the win. Needs to step up though. 

 

Raise the Red 

Has been slightly disappointing lately and needs to up his game. Not for me. 

 

Bold Rex 

Has an interesting profile and although his jockey is inexperienced, he could pop up at the finish. 

 

Analyse This 

Possibly in the handicappers grasp here. Needs to show more to get involved. 

 

Urgent Fury 

Out of his depth, will be a proper shock if he wins this. 

 

1st - Lunar Approach 
2nd - Front Rank 
3rd - Irish Pride 
4th - Moofeed

 

 

 

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