Michael Clower: Trainer Justin Snaith is considering sending Gimme Six to Turffontein to campaign in the R1-million Princess Charlene Empress Club Stakes on 21 April following the four-year-old’s fifth place in the Klawervlei Majorca.
But brother Jonathan, so often the stable’s master strategist, is adamant that she has to be given adequate time to acclimatise to the altitude.
He said: “Master trainers have been trying to raid Johannesburg from Cape Town for more than a century. It has been done successfully on occasions but, basically, we can’t reinvent the wheel. So, if she goes – and the owners have yet to make a final decision – she will go next week.”
The stable won the 2009 Empress Club with previous season’s Durban July dead-heater Dancer’s Daughter and since then Cape Town trainers have been successful with Thunder Dance (Brett Crawford) and Inara (Mike Bass).
Star Express, second only to Snowdance in the Majorca, goes to Durban and will be aimed at the July with an expected low weight. If she doesn’t make the cut she will have another crack at the Garden Province.
Snowdance and Sun Met heroine Oh Susanna are still enjoying their well-deserved break at Drakenstein while Jonathan and his brother mull over options with the owners.
Jonathan said: “Snowdance could possibly start in the Daisy Fillies Guineas on 6 May. Her main mission is the Garden Province but she will be nominated for both the SA Fillies Sprint (26 May) and the Rising Sun Gold Challenge on 9 June. The owners, Gaynor Rupert and Jack Mitchell, will decide which races she goes for.
“Oh Susanna runs in the Woolavington on 2 June and after that a decision will be made about running her in the Vodacom Durban July.”
* Stallion What A Winter proved to be the big mover at the Horses For Causes stallion nomination auction for the second year running at Kenilworth last Saturday. His published fee for last season was R50 000 but such has been his success that Mark Bass had to go to R71,000 (the highest price of the day) to secure a service.
In the previous year the stallion’s fee was R20,000 and a service at the Peninsula Room auction made R47,500. – Gold Circle