Jockey Piere Strydom
IT is not often that one gets a Graduation Plate that is almost as strong as a graded race but that is exactly what has happened in Race 7 at the Vaal this afternoon. Three of the 11 entrants last ran in the Grade 3 Hertz Fillies Mile at Turffontein on Steinhoff International Summer Cup day and they should dominate this race.
Le Drakkar wins BSA Guineas
IMPORTED Le Drakkar (Aus) owned in partnership by recently passed giants of South African racing – Laurie and Jean Jaffee and John Newsome (Fieldspring Racing), produced a powerful run and sliced through his field to win the Grade 1 BSA Cape Guineas at Kenilworth on Saturday.
FELLOW-COMPOSER Robert Schumann once described Beethoven’s more sedate Symphony No 4 as a “slender Greek maiden between two Norse gods’’, referring to Symphonies No 3 (The Eroica) and the famous No 5, both with towering reputations.
APPRENTICE Danielle McCreery was able to extract an extra effort from Brass In Pocket to narrowly beat Martini’s Way over 1400m at this track last week. Trainer Peter Miller has elected to run the four-year-old again and has engaged the British-born lass for the ride once more.
Trainer Justin Snaith
TRAINER Justin Snaith and jockey Richard Fourie made it back-to-back wins in the Grade 1 Avontuur Estate Cape Fillies Guineas over 1600m when Sparkling Gem (12-1) led from start to finish in a powerful field including accomplished Graded winners Consensual and Zirconeum.
Trainer Basil Marcus
THERE is not much depth to the card put together for Kenilworth on Tuesday afternoon and a number of the races look particularly competitive. One of those is the chief attraction, Race 7, a Pinnacle plate over 1600m. The race looks highly tricky but Chamber Of Secrets has been in good form and could be the one to row in with.
Rudra, all on his own!
“MIKE targeted him at this race and this is Mike’s game…the Group Ones. This is where it counts.’’ That is how jockey Kevin Shea described his victory on 3-1 favourite Rudra in Saturday’s R2 million Steinhoff Summer Cup over 2000m at Turffontein.
TRAINER Charles Laird, who currently heads the South African trainers’ table, says his plans to emigrate to Australia are still on hold pending the realisation of certain requisites from Australian racing authorities.
De Kock: Rudra
TRAINER Mike de Kock is having a phenomenal year and on Saturday saddled his eighth Steinhoff International Summer Cup winner with top-notch four-year-old Rudra.
Milk and Honey, Vaal.
KWAZULU-NATAL form has been working out extremely well recently with many of the runners who have returned from that province, winning on a regular basis. Runners like Smart Banker, Causation, Jewel In Her Crown and Bouquet-Garni are typical examples of that and that run can continue at the Vaal this afternoon.