SA’s top owner Markus Jooste, racing on his own or with partners, will have three more international runners this week and Derek Brugman, racing manager of the Jooste’s Mayfair Speculators, is expecting good runs all round.
Owned in partnership with Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith, Londres (USA) is a colt by Sea The Stars trained by Andre Fabre. He is set to contest the Listed Prix Turenne over 2400m at Saint-Cloud on Wednesday.
“He won his debut and looks smart,” said Brugman.
Frankel’s big-striding son Straight Shooter has been entered for two Group 3 races at Maisons-Laffite on Saturday and Brugman said: “I went to see him after the Deauville sale recently. He won an apprentice trial race (not an official race) by 10 lengths and then won his Maiden by seven lengths.
“He was a late foal and needed to mature, so we put him away and he missed the three-year-old classics, but he is a horse with a future. He has matured and strengthened.
“The Group 3 races are both over 2000m, one is a weight-for-age and the other a handicap. They declare on Thursdays, so we have a bit of time to figure out which one will be most suitable, but he is well and Mr Fabre rates him, so we’re looking forward to the run.”
Douglas Macarthur needed his last run when fourth to Cracksman in the Great Voltigeur Stakes at York and he’s expected to strip a fit horse in Saturday’s Group 1 St Leger at Doncaster.
“I think this kind of trip will be right up his alley and we’ll be looking for a good run,” Brugman said.
* Mayfair Speculator’s The Juliet Rose has entries to two Group 1 races on 1 October, the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly and the Qipco British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes at Ascot. – Turf Talk