BUFFALO BILL CODY
Bonginkosi Nkosi: It is amazing how soon the horseracing fraternity can forget sometimes.
Long before Hawwaam made it to a racetrack, he was backed to favourite in the Durban July and believed to be the best racehorse South Africa has to offer, all those labels belonged to his stable companion Buffalo Bill Cody.
In fact, conditioner Mike de Kock is on record as saying he believes that the latter is the best horse in his yard. A quick glance at Buffalo Bill Cody’s form and you realise De Kock was not exaggerating.
This son of Redoute’s Choice has impressively won five of six career starts and will attempt to register a fifth consecutive success when he reunites with jockey Gavin Lerena in Sunday’s Race 6, a Pinnacle Stakes over 1600m on the Turffontein Standside track.
To prove De Kock believes Buffalo Bill Cody is an above-average thoroughbred, he said: “I will be very disappointed if he doesn’t win. The plan is to take him straight into the Champions Cup at Greyville.”
We last saw this four-year-old colt in action 202 days ago when he won over this course and distance, defeating the highly rated Captain And Master by an extending 3.20 lengths.
And Lerena didn’t even lift his crop once!
Buffalo Bill Cody was confirmed to contest both the Queen’s Plate and Sun Met, however, after training in Cape Town for a couple of weeks he was reported to have an elevated temperature.
With that said, the time off shouldn’t raise too many red flags. He showed no signs of ring-rust in his penultimate victory when outclassing The Rocketman by no less than 3.70 lengths despite the disadvantage of returning from a five-month rest.
De Kock’s charge will need to be at his very best to beat the Sean Tarry-trained Cirillo, a four-time winner who has beaten hard-knockers like Soqrat in the past, and recently finished second in the Grade 1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge, beaten 0.50 lengths by Do It Again.
Cirillo does exceptionally well at this venue having recorded two victories and three seconds from six outings.
Both Buffalo Bill Cody and Cirillo should be included in your Pick 6.
You can fully trust Lyle Hewitson to safely steer Pick 6 banker Horace to a fifth straight win when he runs in Race 5, a Pinnacle Stakes over 2400m. He replaces the indisposed Anton Marcus
To take a bet go to www.bettingworld.co.za or www.tabonline.co.za