The G-Bets Summer Cup is just seven weeks away and it is time to start looking for value in the ante-post market.
Silver God has shortened from original odds of 75-1 into 33-1 after his running-on victory over 1450m on Saturday in an Assessment Plate at Tuffontein.
He is a half-brother to Grade 1 winners William Longsword and Real Princess, but, being by Silvano, should stay the 2000m and he will also be coming into his own as a four-year-old this season.
Silver God is trained by the reigning Summer Cup-winning trainer Sean Tarry and still has a bit to do to get into the race as he was only merit rated 93 before that last start. But he could be an interesting contender if getting in with a low weight.
A 100-1 Tarry horse worth noting is Warrior’s Rest. He is by the champion sprinter What A Winter, but this sire is throwing a few who can stay. Furthermore, Warrior’s Rest is a half-brother to the Grade 1 Woolavington 2000 winner Viva Maria.
He is a massive horse with a big stride so will need a couple of runs to get to his peak. He finished a 0.6-length fourth to Eyes Wide Open in the Grade 1 Premier’s Champion Stakes as a two-year-old when leading and staying on. Last season he was only 5.75 lengths back in the Grade 1 Daily News 2000, for which he had a far from ideal preparation with a layoff between October and April. He has had one run this season and if he is able to get in a couple more good runs he could be a surprise package.
Nine time-winning Summer Cup trainer Mike de Kock’s long-striding Noble Secret is quoted at between 5-1 and 7-1 a win and 13-10 for the first four. For the risk-averse this is the one to load Eachway doubles into as he should grow into his big frame this season and start fulfilling his undoubted talent.
De Kock’s much improved Puget Sound is on 33-1 and has proved he stays the 2000m trip. His merit rating is over 100 now and this blossoming horse will be an interesting contender if getting in with a low weight.
Stablemate Silver Thursday could be of interest at 67-1 odds.
It should be remembered she was only beaten 0,25 lengths by Takingthepeace in the Gauteng Fillies Guineas and the latter is a Summer Cup 20-1 shot. Furthermore, she is by Silvano so should come into her own this season and should stay the 2000m trip. She has not been seen out this season and an entry should be seen for any horse before any ante-post commitments are made.
Geoff Woodruff’s incredible run in the Summer Cup this decade came to an end last season but he can never be ignored in this race. His charge The Rising Legend at 50-1 odds is interesting.
This horse is already well known for his good turn of foot and the sustained finish which he produces from last place. He should relish the usual good pace of the Summer Cup and the course and distance should maximise the effect of this finishing effort. However, he still has a lot to do to get into the big race.
Woodruff’s SA Oaks winner Secret Potion is a big, rangy horse who should come into her own this season. She is 33-1 for the Summer Cup, but is another who is yet to be seen this season. – David Thiselton, Gold Circle