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.
TRAINER Mark Dixon.
TRAINER Mark Dixon may have walked away from Turffontein on Saturday without a stake cheque after Surfin’ USA only managed 13th place in the Champions Challenge. Nonetheless he is expecting to leave the Vaal on Tuesday with a compensatory bankroll and is confident Valloire can win Race 5, a MR 76 Handicap over 1000m.
TRAINER Charles Laird’s red-hot run continued on Champions Day on Saturday when Smart Banker put his nose in front at the right time to beat Aluminium by a neck in the R2-million Champions Challenge over 2000m.
HISTORY could be made at Arlington on Friday if six-year-old gelding Hear The Drums breaks a long-standing sprint record by winning for the 23rd time.
LONDON – Tartan Gunna can atone for a shock defeat as an odds-on favourite last time with victory at Beverley today. Mark Johnston’s charge had been on quite a roll on the all-weather over the winter, stepping up from two second places to strike gold by six lengths at Wolverhampton in January.
JOCKEY Johnny Geroudis
THE KO Kid returns to his favourite course and distance on Saturday and looks one of the better bets on a thorny Turffontein card. Alec Laird’s runner loves the inside track and is at his best over 1600m. He gets everything he needs in Race 8, a MR 92 Handicap, and will also enjoy the benefit of carrying just 54kg.