NIGHT racing at Turffontein has been shelved in order to allow Phumelela and the Racing Association to fully assess if the installation of lights at the Johannesburg track is the best way to spend the proceeds arising from the cancellation of the usage agreement to hold race meetings at Newmarket.
PHUMELELA has revamped its Summer-Autumn Feature Season from February through April next year and the new-look season includes both a Triple Crown open to all three-year-olds and a Triple Tiara for three-year-old fillies, which collectively will carry bonuses totalling nearly R4 million.
TRAINERS with three-year-olds who are one time winners but have questionably high merit ratings through running prominently in Graded and Listed races, have quickly learned that Plated races are the way to go.
Jockey Andrew Fortune
RACING against more formidable opposition than he encounters today, Shoe King finished second, 5.25 lengths behind coastal raider Execute in a 1000m sprint at Flamingo Park last month. He was doing good work at the finish and has shown he is better over the 1200m distance of the Pinnacle Plate he is due to contest here. He looks ready to put in a top effort.
Tap Tap wins at Turffontein
IT is rare a trainer finds a win by one of his charges unwelcome, but Alec Laird seemed astonished when Tap Tap won Race 8 at Turffontein on Saturday, a MR 100 Handicap over 1450m on the inside track.
Mark Khan, man to follow.
MARK KHAN clearly adds a length or two to the form of any horse and is a man to follow at all times, thus the reason he is a five-time champion jockey. He rides at the Arlington meeting today and appears to be aboard the right one in Race 3, a Novice Plate over 1800m, where he rides Star Castle, and should have few problems in winning.
Raymond Danielson, Jewel.
THE Jwaneng diamond mine is considered to be the richest in the world and is located in south-central Botswana. Finding diamonds there is clearly a lot easier than unearthing the winner of Race 7 at Clairwood this afternoon, but it may pay dividends to follow Dennis Drier’s runner, Jewel Of Jwaneng.
Mike de Kock
CHAMPION trainer Mike de Kock will have a strong hand in the R600 000 Emerald Cup to be run over 1450m at the Vaal on Saturday September 27 2008.
<p>JACK MILNER<br /> WHEN Water Jet lost to Vangelis at Arlington in May it was regarded in some quarters as a minor upset, even though Gavin Smith’s charge started at a shorter price. In retrospect it was actually a remarkably good run. Vangelis has gone on to win five of his seven starts and looks way above average.<br /> <br /> Photo: Gerrit Schlechter wil
<p>Photo: Champion jockey Mark Khan will ride Rock Concert.<br />
JACK MILNER<br />
WHILE Halie’s Sword failed to run to expectations at the Vaal on Thursday, finishing a disappointing 2.50-length fourth behind outsider Wooden Heart, trainer Alec Laird can gain some compensation when Urban Reason lines up in Race 8 at Turffontein on Sunday.</p>