MARINARESCO, MIDDLE, WINS THE DRILL HALL
Jack Milner: KwaZulu-Natal trainers will battle to earn the lion’s share of the prize money on offer during their Champions Season if yesterday’s curtain raisers are anything to go by.
Jason Dedekind: As the season comes to an end on the Highveld, KwaZulu-Natal takes up the reins and all systems are go for another few months of quality racing.
DEO JUVENTE beats LEGAL EAGLE (closest camera) and NOTHER RUSSIA (obscured)
A ding-dong battle saw Deo Juvente, Legal Eagle and Nother Russia pass the post with just a short head separating them in the R4-million Premier’s Champions Challenge (Grade 1) over 2000m on Champions Day at Turffontein on Saturday.
Jack Milner: Trainer Geoff Woodruff best put this year’s R4-million Premier’s Champions Challenge into perspective when he said: “We’re probably all chasing after prize money without expecting to win.”
Jack Milner: Trainer Stephen Moffatt has a high opinion of Rouge Allure which is why he was quite prepared to put her up against some of the best three-year-olds in the country in races such as the Grade 3 Three Troikas Stakes over 1450m on the Turffontein Inside track and the Listed Oaks Trial over 2000m on the Standside track.
Jack Milner: Trainer Duncan Howells has a decent string of horses and his stable appears to be in good form currently. He sends out a number of runners at Wednesday’s Scottsville meeting but the pick could come in Race 8 where he saddles Rainbowinthesky.
Jack Milner: The scratching of Clever Guy has paved the way for The Thinker to win Race 8 at the Vaal, a MR 89 Handicap over 1000m.
WALKER, RIGHT, AND BRAVE NOMAD
Jack Milner : On Classic Day at Turffontein Joe Soma-trained Walker was all the rage to win the second race on the card over 1400m. Many of his supporters were delighted to watch him hold off the attentions of first-timer Brave Nomad from the Sean Tarry yard but, sadly for his supporters, Walker carried Brave Nomad inwards almost the entire width of the course.
MADE IN HOLLYWOOD
Jack Milner: There are three Grade 3 races at Scottsville on Sunday and they should give some sort of idea of what can be expected later in the month when four Grade 1 races over 1200m are run.
Jack Milner: Both Anton Marcus and Piere Strydom journey to Cape Town on Saturday to ride in the Grade 3 Highlands Stud Winter Guineas and one can safely assume they are not going all that way to join a group of rain dancers.