Racing Correspondent: From Kimberley to Chantilly.
That’s what’s in store for apprentice jockey Kabelo Matsunyane this week as he will be making a rare visit to Flamingo Park on Monday and then jetting off to France on Wednesday for The Prix Longines Future Racing Stars.
The Prix Longines Future Racing Stars is an annual apprentice event focusing on the best up-and-coming riding talent from the world’s top horse racing schools.
It is open to riders under the age of 25 who have had a minimum of 80 rides and achieved between 10 and 50 wins.
It will be contested at the Chantilly Racecourse on Sunday 16 June.
But back to Flamingo Park, where Matsunyane has five rides on the nine-race card. It could pay punters to bet on three of these.
Matsunyane, who is fourth on the National Apprentices log, takes 1,5kg off the back of Calls To Heaven in race 3 and this daughter of Master Of My Fate has a good place chance back in a maiden plate.
She ran in a handicap last time from a wide draw and was well beaten but this Corrie Lensley-trained filly should prove an entirely different proposition reverting to a maiden contest.
Eldin Webber rode Calls To Heaven to a fourth-place finish behind Two Guns over the course and distance three starts back against male rivals and a repeat of that effort under Matsunyane will see Lensley’s charge play a an important role in the outcome at long odds.
Course-specialist Gypsy Queen makes her comeback from a five-month break in race 5 over 1 600m and is worth a confident Place bet.
Mostabshir, who Matsunyane rides in race 6 over 1 600m, is another strong place contender.
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