FUN TO RUN
JACK MILNER – A PLATE race is supposed to favour horses who are well weighted according to their merit rating. In a Graduation Plate two-time winners carry 58kg while one-time winners are given 55.5kg.
KEVIN SHEA'S new hobby is flying a model helicopter.
CHARL PRETORIUS – JOCKEY Kevin Shea has secured six rides at Saturday’s Dubai World Cup meeting. He attributes this to hard work and healthy habits during this season’s Dubai Racing Carnival.
JACK MILNER – IN 1992 Queen Elizabeth referred to the year in her in a speech marking the 40th anniversary of her Accession, as an “annus horribilis’’. Trainer Geoff Woodruff could say the same about the start of 2010.
PIERRE Jourdan will take his place in the Gauteng Classic.
PIERRE Jourdan will take his second step on 27 March in his attempt to write his name indelibly into the record books of South African horseracing when he lines up for the R2-million SA Classic, the second leg of the SASCOC Triple Crown.
MASTER Minded goes for a hat-trick of wins in the Queen Mother Champion Chase on Wednesday.
GEOFF LESTER, CHELTENHAM – We won’t be able to pay off our mortgage with what we win on Master Minded in the Queen Mother Champion Chase, but he is definitely in much better form now than when he won the race for the second time last year.
Go Native is one of the favourites for today's Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham.
GEOFF LESTER, CHELTENHAM – St Patrick’s Day celebrations may well start a day early at Cheltenham, with the Irish claiming five of the six favourites at the first stage of the four-day Festival, and it would come as no surprise if all five won.
ORACY wins a Pinnacle Stakes under a hands-and-heels ride by Guillermo Figueroa at Turffontein on Saturday.
NICCI GARNER – Although the carryover Pick 6 at Turffontein on Saturday paid a cool R18,611, the form of the two most important races worked out relatively well for the bet.
CALL TO COMBAT
JACK MILNER – COURTESY of a R773,394 injection from Clairwood on Wednesday, the Pick 6 pool at Turffontein on Saturday is expected to grow to R5 million.
PIERRE JOURDAN will be looking to boost his chances of collecting the R2-million SASCOC Triple Crown bonus when he lines up for the second leg, the Grade 1 SA Classic over 1800m at Turffontein on Saturday 27 March.
JOCKEY Anthony Delpech.
HAROLD STERLEY – Jockey Anthony Delpech rode up a storm at Scottsville on Wednesday, booting in four winners, and even with just four mounts at Clairwood on Sunday, looks to have at least one winner in the offing