Trainers chat about their Grand Heritage Day runners:
R750,000 World Sports Betting Grand Heritage 1475m
Mathew de Kock (assistant to Mike de Kock)
Elevated has done nothing wrong since he has been up in Joburg. He won his race comfortably, he’s come on since then and his work is good. He ran fourth in the Grade 1 Cape Guineas and was rated 99 back then. He is an 88 now so if the handicappers were right he has some points in hand. He needed that last win to get some confidence. He ran like he didn’t know how to win. I make him a fair favourite.
Classify a very sensible horse. He’s a big boy but he knows his own strength. I was very happy what we saw last time in the Spring Spree Stakes. His fourth place was more than we expected, especially once I saw how tight the Turffontein Inside track is. The Vaal straight should suit him. He won first two races down the straight and he’s a much more balanced horse now, he’ll enjoy the quicker pace as that will give him more time to find his feet. His last two wins at Fairview he came from far off. This race will give him time to find to feet. It’s now in the hands of the gods and 27 other runners.
Donny G had an unbelievable trial where he was fastest over the last 400m. He races too freely over 1200m, but we plan to drop him out and run at them. Count Tassilo found trouble in his prep run, and should have gone a lot closer. He is ultra-consistent and should be involved. Social Order needed his run after the rest badly. The track was running very fast that day and the frontrunners weren’t coming back. He has come along nicely since and should be competitive. Bold Viking doesn’t give much away at home, and comes from a long way back. If they go hard he will be running on well. Yankee Captain has useful form and a lovely weight. His prep was eye-catching and he is in with a shout. I would originally have gone for Social Order as my first choice but based on their trials for the race either Count Tassilo or Donny G, or even Yankee Captain.
Arctica is one of those who has been penalised for consistency by the current handicapping system. He is drawn right on the rail which will suit his style of running, and has Piere Strydom up, which is always a big plus. He should be very competitive if 60.5kg isn’t too much. Trading Profit has had a great prep, and while he now bumps a stronger field he loves the Vaal straight and combines really well with Karl Zechner. If he enjoys luck in the running he has to be a serious contender.
Fellow Traveller has only had the one run with me, which he needed. He will be fitter this time and I am expecting big improvement on that run. Zouaves is ideally distance suited. He has a nice light weight and should be a big runner. Starrett City should be distance suited. This is his third run back so should be at peak fitness. Respect.
Tandava has had a very good prep coming into this race and battles all the way to the line so I am sure he will give a good account of himself.
This is a tough field for Golden Man but he usually tries hard so has a place chance.
Orapa has been a bit disappointing as we think highly of him. It is a big field and a competitive race but he is working well, has a light weight and is the dark horse.
R250,000 WSB HERITAGE CONSOLATION 1475m
Mathew de Kock
Toro Rosso is running well but not winning but I think he will be suited to this drop in class. He needs to get another win under his belt. His last run was in a tough Pinnacle Stakes.
Front Rank had chips removed and has had two runs since then. This is not his main mission but hopefully he comes through it alright.
St John Gray
Shivering Sea picked up two points for her latest win and will find it tougher over this distance.
Double Appeal has had the one run back so is likely to have come on from that. He was not disgraced and I feel it was a very promising run. He is doing well and is nicely weighted so will give a good account of himself.
Shogun has been running nice races and doing his best so he must have a chance.
Timeofthevikings has a very good place chance. Rambo has a place chance.
R150,000 IFM 102.2 HERITAGE 1200
Mathew de Kock
Alfolk hasn’t done too much wrong. He’ll probably need the run, we’re getting him ready for some future races.
St John Gray
Captain Aldo has a tough task at the weights.
Sporting Monarch is holding form. He has a good draw and should be a runner.
R135,000 SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL ROTARY CLUB SOPHOMORE 1000
Daring Diva is doing well at home and has filled out somewhat. She could be very competitive in this race. We have not been able to do grass work with her but feel this 1000m will probably suit her better than her two main rivals.
Great Shaka won his latest start but is in a very strong field this time.