Polzeath beating Goat.
HAVING a filly like Milk And Honey in his yard must be pretty frustrating for trainer Mike de Kock. There is no doubt she has plenty of talent but when it comes to getting her head in front at the line, Milk And Honey often turns to vinegar.
JOCKEY Piere Strydom
WITH R159,769 boosting the pool, the Pick 6 is worth catching at the Vaal tomorrow. Unfortunately for punters it does not look an easy task unless Geoff Woodruff can continue his flow of winners.
JOYFUL APPLAUSE began her racing career with a scintillating 10.25-length victory at Clairwood but took another eight starts before visiting the winner’s box again. In between the West Man filly contested the Allan Robertson Fillies Championship at Scottsville and the Golden Slipper at Greyville, both Grade 1 events.
VILLANDRY and Dijla could each land a graded-race success when they contest the Umkhomazi Stakes (colts and geldings) and The Debutante (fillies) respectively at Scottsville on Sunday. The races are for juveniles and will be run over 1200m as Races 6 and 7.
DEON Sampson, Montaque.
HABIT dictates that when Peter Miller has four runners in a Pinnacle Plate at Flamingo Park, most tipsters will select one of them to win. However, the modus operandi could change on Monday in Race 7, where visiting trainers Andre Kirsten, Corne Spies and Ian Jayes could displace the usual Miller winner.
JOCKEY Gavin Lerena.
A return to 1600m and the addition of blinkers could make all the difference to Urban Reason when he contests Race 4 at Turffontein on Saturday. Alec Laird’s runner has been trying distances of 1800m and 2000m but does not appear to get the trip.
TRAINER Joey Ramsden
SWEET Allegra can continue her love affair with Greyville when she contests Race 7, a FM 82 Handicap over 1000m on Friday night. Joey Ramsden’s filly has contested five races at the course for two wins, two seconds and an unplaced effort over 1300m.
TRAINER Geoff Woodruff
REPUTATIONS of unraced horses are often a combination of a touch of truth and a profusion of embellishment. This is particularly true of well-bred first-timers from leading stables who by the time they arrive on track, are described as “beating Pocket Power/Dancer’s Daughter/ Warm White Night in work’’, and “a future champion for Mike de Kock in Dubai’’.
CLYDE Basel has resigned as CEO of the Racing Association to take up the position of Sales Executive with Phumelela Gaming & Leisure. Basel will join Phumelela on 1 June 2009 and will be responsible for marketing the company’s assets – both on and off its racecourses. These include racing broadcast sponsorships and advertising, raceday hospitality, vending rights and branding.
Cielo Dorado, Durbanville.
TWO debut winners will go head to head in an interesting Novice Plate at Durbanville on Wednesday. Cielo Dorado from the Harold Crawford yard and Mountain Ash, trained by Brett Crawford, looked to have some promise when winning first time out and it could be hard to separate them in Race 7 over 1600m.