Western Cape trainers’ comments on feature races to be run on Saturday 26 May in Cape Town and Pietermaritzburg:
Tsogo Sun Sprint
We brought Our Mate Art back to a sprint as he wasn’t really thriving over further. I was very disappointed to be made first reserve as he has a merit rating of 109, far higher than many others who got in.
Attenborough is extremely well, and you have to run horses when they are well. The way he ran on in the Computaform Sprint tells me 1200m will be no problem, and he won a listed race over this trip as a juvenile. Speedpoint ran a cracker in the Computaform. He needs cover and didn’t get it that day but still ran a stormer. They could both have the same problem here as they are drawn on the extreme outside.
SA Fillies Sprint
Live Life is doing a lot better than before her first run in KZN. On her day she is capable of winning, but Bernard (Fayd’Herbe) needs to get her to switch off and she will finish. Magical Wonderland has come on well from her last run. She is drawn right on the outside, which is a worry, as she needs cover as she can overrace.
Rose In Bloom is the type of filly it’s tough to win with. However I suspect she will love a quirky track like Scottsville, which is a real ‘horses for courses’ venue. I also think 1200m is her best trip, and she has a squeak.
Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion
Twist Of Fate was on the verge of being sold to Hong Kong last week, but it fell through. As a result his route into this race has been a little roundabout and far from ideal. But he is a smart, tough colt and should acquit himself well.
Western Angel (1st reserve) has come on nicely after her first run there, but will be better over a bit further.
Felicity Flyer is well at the moment and a good handicapper. She is honest and has a money chance. Rings And Things is coming back to sprints, and it might be a big ask for her.
Samsara has a bad draw, is better over a bit further, and her regular jockey is injured. Despite all that she has been working well with my better sprinters, and will be running on.
Call To Account has her second run after a long rest. She put up a very good gallop and I am very happy with her.
Freedom Charter raced wide last time but finished on top of the places. She will be thereabouts again. Intothelimelight is a very decent filly. She will be better over the Oaks trip, but I expect her to be highly competitive here. Awesomeness will be stretched in this class, but it’s hard to find other races for her with a MR of 90. Perfectproportions is badly out at the weights, but is improving, and we will take our chances to get some black type.
Fresnaye had a very dirty lung wash after her last run, which can be ignored. That is all behind her now, and she is a very smart filly – definite Grade 1 material. We are trying Made In Hollywood over the mile. A very nice filly, and there seems no reason why she won’t get the trip. She will be more conservatively ridden this time.
Rocket Countdown is a very smart horse. He will run well again, but has Rainbow Bridge to beat. Ben Hur was disappointing last time, but they went slow, and he need a good gallop. He can do a lot better. Pacific Chestnut is consistent, but his main mission will be the Winter Derby over 2400m.
Ancestry had a great run back in the Winter Guineas, before he ran out of puff late on. He has had a gallop since and is very sound at the moment, but I was very impressed with Eric Sands’ horse (Rainbow Bridge) which will be hard to beat. Morning Catch is a nice horse with a lot of ability. He got injured at Scottsville last year but had a good comeback run, and could be a surprise package.
Rainbow Bridge is very well in himself. He’s very fit and is improving all the time. Going to the old course is a consideration, as Richard (Fourie) will have to sit a little handier. He’s very special this horse.