Abashiri on the drift for Cup

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Abashiri on the drift for Cup

HERMOSO MUNDO

Nicci Garner: Abashiri has drifted in the betting for the R2-million Gauteng Sansui Summer Cup (Grade 1) over 2000m at Turffontein on Saturday 25 November and Hermoso Mundo is the new ante-post favourite at 8-1.

Hermoso Mundo is trained by Weiho Marwing, a man who plays his cards close to his chest, but who seems to believe his high-class stayer will be ready to run the race of his life in the Summer Cup. He won the Gold Bowl, the Gold Vase and the Gold Cup last season, all over marathon distances, and will be stepping into Grade 1 company for the first time in his career.

He is only 11th on the log for the Summer Cup. The latest log, which lists the horses the handicappers believe should run in Johannesburg’s premier race, was released last Friday.

Betting World has Nother Russia posted as second favourite at 17-2, even though the Mike de Kock stable is leaning strongly towards running the brilliant mare in the Ipi Tombe Stakes over 1600m on the same day instead.

Nother Russia was most impressive in her preparatory run for Summer Cup Day at Turffontein on Thursday last week. She ran in a 1400m Pinnacle Stakes and jockey Craig Zackey only had to show her the crop when she started drifting out. She won under a hands-and-heels ride with quite a bit in the tank.

That was her first outing since her third to Deo Juvente and Legal Eagle in the Premier’s Champions Challenge over the Summer Cup course and distance in May.

Abashiri is the third choice, having drifted from 7s to 9-1. The Mike and Adam Azzie-trained horse was making only his third appearance this year and having a “come-on” race when sixth behind Girl On The Run (20-1 for the Summer Cup and 14th on the latest log) in the Victory Moon Stakes over 1800m at Turffontein on Thursday last week.

Girl On The Run won a good race that night. She is 14th on the log and shortened from 25-1 to 20-1 in the betting.

Deo Juvente is still the handicappers’ first choice for the Summer Cup, in spite of not running since the Champions Challenge. 

Madador Man, seventh in the Victory Moon Stakes, is on the drift in ante-post betting and has slipped down from second to sixth on the log. 

There are two new horses on the list – Coral Fever and Master Switch, second and third in the Victory Moon and both shorter now in the Summer Cup betting. Liege and scratched Glider Pilot are the two who slid off.

The final field for the Summer Cup will be decided tomorrow and draws will be balloted on Wednesday.

The latest log for the Summer Cup in order of final log (10 November), second log (25 October), first log (19 October), age and sex, horse, trainer, merit rating and Betting World’s betting:

10/11 25/10 19/10 Age Sex Horse Trainer Rating Betting
1 1 1 6 G DEO JUVENTE Geoff Woodruff 115 28-1
2 3 3 5 M NOTHER RUSSIA Mike de Kock 108 17-2
3 4 4 5 M FORT EMBER Paul Peter 105 40-1
4 5 5 5 G ABASHIRI M G Azzie/A A Azzie 109 9-1
5 6 6 5 H BRAZUCA (AUS) J A Janse van Vuuren 107 16-1
6 2 2 4 G MATADOR MAN Sean Tarry 109 33-1
7 7 7 4 F ORCHID ISLAND Mike de Kock 101 14-1
8 8 8 4 F WIND CHILL Joe Soma 101 20-1
9 9 9 4 C CROWD PLEASER J A Janse van Vuuren 100 12-1
10 14 14 6 G FRENCH NAVY Sean Tarry 108 16-1
11 10 10 5 G HERMOSO MUNDO Weiho Marwing 100 8-1
12 11 11 4 C TILBURY FORT Sean Tarry 97 35-1
13 13 13 5 H NEW PREDATOR (AUS) J A Janse van Vuuren 113 40-1
14 19   5 M GIRL ON THE RUN J A Janse van Vuuren 98 20-1
15     6 G MASTER SWITCH Geoff Woodruff 101 25-1
16     5 G CORAL FEVER Robbie Sage 97 25-1
17 16 16 4 G PAGODA Geoff Woodruff 99 10-1
18 17 18 5 G BANNER HILL Geoff Woodruff 99 16-1
19 15 15 8 G MASTER SABINA Joe Soma 109 33-1
20 18 17 5 M WITCHCRAFT Sean Tarry 99 40-1
      6 G MAC DE LAGO (AUS) Weiho Marwing 102 125-1
  20 19 5 G LIEGE Sean Tarry 99 16-1
      5 G IRISH PRIDE J A Janse van Vuuren 96 40-1
      5 M INTERGALACTIC Sean Tarry 96 150-1
      4 G SOCIAL ORDER Sean Tarry 96 18-1
    20 4 F BI POT Geoff Woodruff 95 50-1
      5 G LET IT RAIN Weiho Marwing 95 50-1
      7 G BEZANOVA Alec Laird 94 150-1
      5 G GO DIRECT Geoff Woodruff 94 250-1
      5 G ARCTICA M G Azzie/A A Azzie 93 200-1
      5 M FORTISSIMA Joe Soma 93 150-1
      4 G WILD WICKET Duncan Howells 93 125-1
      6 G THE ELMO EFFECT Gary Alexander 93 150-1
      4 C DAWN ASSAULT St John Gray 92 150-1
      5 G BANKABLE TEDDY David Nieuwenhuizen 91 200-1
      5 G SAMURAI BLADE (AUS Sean Tarry 90 66-1
      6 G TOP SHOT Gary Alexander 90 250-1
      6 G KILRAIN Mike de Kock 89 66-1
      5 G TANDAVA Gokhan Terzi 88 300-1
      4 G ELEVATED Mike de Kock 88 50-1
      4 F CASCAPEDIA (IRE) Mike de Kock 87 22-1
      6 G HIDDEN AGENDA Scott Kenny 86 100-1
      7 G RUSHMORE RIVER Joe Soma 85 150-1
      5 G WILD HORIZON Joe Soma 85 150-1
      6 G AMSTERDAM M G Azzie/A A Azzie 84 150-1
      4 G HAPPY PILLS M G Azzie/A A Azzie 84 250-1
      5 G STARRETT CITY Geoff Woodruff 84 66-1
      4 F ROYAL UTOPIA Candice Dawson 83 200-1
      7 G GONE BABY GONE Geoff Woodruff 82 200-1
      7 G ILITSHE (AUS) Jurgen van Heerden 82 500-1
      4 G ZOUAVES Geoff Woodruff 82 50-1
      5 G CHICAGO BEAT Duncan Howells 81 250-1
      8 G KILLUA CASTLE (AUS Geoff Woodruff 81 80-1
      4 F SMOKEY AFFAIR Mike de Kock 81 250-1
      4 G WHOSETHEBOSSNOW Geoff Woodruff 79 150-1
      5 G MALINGA Alec Laird 74 400-1
      4 G STARPATH Geoff Woodruff 71 400-1
SCRATCHINGS
      5 G ROMANY PRINCE Ormond Ferraris 100  
  12 12 4 G GLIDER PILOT Tyrone Zackey 97  
      5 M KILAUEA J A Janse van Vuuren 96  
      6 G CLASSIFY Dorrie Sham 95  
      6 G STONEHENGE Sean Tarry 92  
      4 F TAMBALANG Sean Tarry 89  
      6 G HYAKU Sean Tarry 87  
      4 G BOLD VIKING Sean Tarry 78  

 

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